Originally written for the Vol.5-No.2 edition (April 22, 2011) of the Toyama Hot News e-newsletter.
A million tulips of 500 varieties will be exhibited at the 60th Anniversary Tonami Tulip Fair, which begins today and runs through May 5th. The theme this year is “Bridging the Future with Tulips.” The main grounds will be Tonami Tulip Park, but there will be several off-site attractions as well.
From April 22nd to the 30th, there will be buses available from Tonami Tulip Park to the tulip farms. Toyama is the largest tulip producer in Japan, and the farms stretch for 7 hectares (17 acres).
Tonami Tulip Fair will also feature a Dutch-style garden modeled after the Keukenhof Garden in Lisse, Netherland, in acknowledgment of the sister city relationship between Tonami and Lisse.
The asteroid probe capsule “Hayabusa” will be exhibited at the Tonami Art Museum through April 25th. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is also lending a variety of other equipment such as parachutes and heat shields that have actually been in space, along with models and photographs.
The Tonami Tulip Gallery, now celebrating its 15th year, will have special tulip collections. The new varieties of black tulips and the “International Exchange through Tulips” exhibition with tulips from around the world look particularly interesting.
For a more hands-on experience, visitors can try their hand at tulip arts and crafts, such as making flower baskets, handkerchiefs, pressed flowers, and gel candles. For those with a sweet tooth, there will even be tulip sweets such as cakes with tulip petal jam and tulip soft serve.
Source (article and photo): Toyama Just Now