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Heavy rains bring Fukushu-en flowers into full bloom

Date Posted: 2011-05-26

The old adage “Spring showers bring May flowers” is true in Naha City, where the rainy season’s provided the impetus for Cape Jasmine flowers to burst into full bloom.

The Cape Jasmine is a fragrant flowering evergreen tropical plant originating throughout Asia but found in gardens around the world. At Fukushu-en in Naha City, the rainy season’s moisture has brought the flowers into full bloom and beauty. Gardenia jasminoides, with its shiny green leaves and fragrant white summer flowers, is widely used in gardens in warm temperate and subtropical climates. It has been in cultivation in China for at least a thousand years, and was introduced to English gardens in the mid 18th century. Many varieties have been bred for horticulture, with low growing, and large- and long flowering forms.

Tourists visiting the Fukushu-en Park in Kume, a downtown Naha district with deep ties to China, can walk the pathways and experience Chinese sculptures, pagodas and tea pavilions. More importantly, the grassy knolls allow guests a chance to pause from the hectic pace of being a tourist, a businessman or a simple visitor. Relaxation is encouraged by the garden staff, and is fostered by the idyllic atmosphere. Although only a few meters from a busy downtown highway, Fukushu-En Park is peaceful and quiet.

Entrance to Fukushu-En Park is free. The park is open daily 9:00am ~ 6:00pm. From the military bases, travel south on Highway 58 into Naha City. Once past Tomari Port on the northern side of the city, look for signs to Kumoji Crossing. Turn right off Highway 58 and Fukushu-En is about 100 meters from Hwy 58 on the left. A Hot Spar Convenience Store is a good landmark to your left at the intersection. Coming off the Expressway, the park is about 30 minutes drive. Go south to Highway 329 and turn right. At Highway 58 Asahibashi Intersection, turn right and go six blocks north to Kumoji Crossing. Turn left and follow the signs. About a dozen free parking spaces are available across the street from the Fukushu-en Park.

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