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Okinawa Flower Carnival 2000 Starts in Full Bloom

By: Marie W. Conway

Date Posted: 2000-01-22

Last Saturday, January 15th, the Yanbaru Tropical Garden in Nago held the opening ceremony for its Okinawa Flower Carnival 2000. For the past 4 years, the Yanbaru Tropical Garden’s popularity has been growing among local residents and tourists. Now, over 2000 people visit the gardens per day to see its unique variety of flowers and plants that grow well in Okinawa’s sub-tropical environment.

Since Nago City will be hosting the G-8 Summit this year, Yanbaru Tropical Gardens asked Kakazu Chiken, a Member of the Diet (the Japanese House of Representatives) and Nago native, to give a speech at the opening ceremony. In his address, Chiken said, “Yanbaru Tropical Gardens is a reflection of Nago, as it embodies its relaxing, lush environment.” One of the main attractions
for the current event is the Anthurium, which is shaped like a heart, and thrives in places like Columbia, Hawaii, and of course, Okinawa. Although its nickname “Beniuchiwa” means red fan, the Anthurium also comes in orange, white, green, pink and other pastel colors.

Though the flower carnival will only be held until March 26th, interested tourists and local visitors may still see this flower all year round.

Directions: From Kadena Circle, head north towards Nago. Follow Hwy. 58 until you see a sign for Okinawa Memorial Park and Meio University. Take a left onto Rt. 84 and go past the Nago Pineapple Factory and an Okinawan glass company. On the left, you’ll see Yanbaru Tropical Gardens. The parking lot is across the street on the right. The gardens are open daily from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Adult admission is ¥600, ¥400 for Junior High School students, and ¥300 for children.

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