Ashikaga Flower Park

Early May, Japan has three consecutive national holiday (plus a separate national date still within the same week). So, normally many Japanese people who are known for their long working hours will take some days off from work to make it as a long holiday for about 10 consecutive days. This long holiday is famously referred as Golden Week in Japan.
Entering my second year as a salary(wo)man in Japan, I also decided to take extra days off to enjoy a long holiday this year. In one of those days, I went to Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture, about almost 2 hours long drive from Tokyo (with about 15 mins stop in rest area).
This flower park is especially packed with people around early May as the park observes the full bloom of its main attraction, Wisteria. There are four main colors of Wisteria that we can enjoy there; Purple, light pink, white, and yellow. However, the yellow one normally has its peak about a week later than the other colors. When I went there, a tunnel of yellow wisteria was still about to start blooming.
You can definitely enjoy the pretty flowers across the park although there are sooooooo many people. But for me, the highlight was the very nice scent from the flowers in every corner of the park. It simply made my day. So, I bought wisteria scent room spray for myself LOL. Btw, the scent is similar to the scent of jasmine.
I hope next year I can go to a bigger wisteria tunnel in Fukui, preferably during the weekdays where I hope I can expect fewer people!
Anyway, enjoy few photos from the park :)



Children's Day and Koinobori

Children's day in Japan is celebrated every year on May 5th. As part of the celebration, normally a Koinobori set will be flown at families with kid houses.
What is Koinobori? Koinobori means carp-streamer, or carp-shaped wind socks. Is it hard to imagine? Don't worry, I have prepared few pictures that I took today at the foot of Tokyo Tower. This year, 333 carp-shaped wind socks are flown in Tokyo Tower.

Can you spot Luffy from One Piece?


An Overdue Post (Part 1 - Amsterdam)

About a year ago, I posted a brief story on my trip to Europe. I just realize that I didn't post any single picture from the trip!

So, I will start by posting some pictures from the first two days of the starting point of my trip: Amsterdam!
I guess I made a good decision by starting the trip from Amsterdam for few reasons. First, getting a visa through The Netherlands Embassy was easy and quick, and second, which I realized after I arrived there, was that people there didn't mind to speak in English and they were really friendly and warm so it made me feel relaxed and not worrying too much. The only one time I had a frightening moment was when my friends and I were heading to the city library, a weird man followed us and he kept following us until we told him we're gonna call the police. Phew!

At the Zaanse Schans 

Guess what?! Towards the Red Light District!

Inside the Rijksmuseum

Come early if you want to avoid other tourists packing the area

Bicycles and the canal

I will post more pictures from different cities in separate posts. I hope it won't take too long :D Ciao!