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Spring Breeze brings flower festivals to Okinawa

Date Posted: 2002-03-08

Winter is gone, and with the approaching warm weather, the flowers on Okinawa are beginning to bloom again. Because Okinawa is a tropical island, the warm weather helps Okinawa fs flowers bloom earlier than they do in mainland Japan. So, during the springtime, many flower festivals are taking place where you can see some of the most beautiful tropical flowers Okinawa has to offer. Following are many of the festivals currently taking place.

Oritori Flower Festival
Date: To mid March
Place: Ishigaki airport, piers to neighbor islands and Ishigaki-city Main street.
Events: Colorful flowers decorate Ishigaki airport, piers and Main street to welcome visitors to the island.
Contact: Ishigaki-city Tourist Association at 09808-2-2809 for more information.

The 3rd Hana(Flower) park Ogatama Festival ~Azalea-flower viewing~
Date: To March 31
Place: Hana-Park(Arume, Higashi village.)
Events: Trimmed flower garden. Fragrant-flowers market (Ogatama tree, Sweet olive, Myrtle, Sky flower, Gardenia and more!). Higashi village products fair. Picking Tangerines Azalea viewing
Contact: Ogatama Festival office at 0980-43-2615(Hana-park) for more information.

The 6th Nago Oshibana(Pressed flower) contest
Date: To March 10
Place: 21st century fs wood Gymnasium (Nago-city)
Events: Exhibits 150pcs. of the pressed flower work and also you can join and try pressed flower.
Contact: Nago Oshibana Contest Steering committee at 0980-53-7755(Nago-city Tourist Association) for more information.

The 15th NagoChrysanthemum and Orchid Figure Exhibition
Date: To March 31
Place: Neo-park Okinawa (Nago-city)
Events: Theme of the exhibition is Hojo Masamune, NHK drama. Enjoy this splendid picture scroll decorated with gorgeous Chrysanthemum and Orchid Figures. {Other exhibitions}The 24th Okinawa Azalea Exhibition and The 9th World fs Chickens Exhibition.
Contact: Chrysanthemum and Orchid Figure Exhibition Executive Committee at 0980-52-6348(Neo-park Okinawa)
Admission fees need to be paid.

The 20th Higishi Village Azalea Festival
Date: To March 17
Place: The villagers f wood, Tutuji-en (Higashi village)
Events: Opening ceremony, Folk singing show, Okinawan folk entertainment, Tutuji Marathon and more.
Admission fees need to be paid.

Bios On The Hill: Urizun's Flower Festival
Date: Sat., Mar.16~Mon., May.6
Place: Bios On The Hill (Ishikawa-city)
Events: Enjoy gorgeous orchids and other subtropical plants. There will be Orchid displays, Moth orchid Festival(Apr.20~May.16) and Orchid Viewing.
Contact: Bios On The Hill at 965-3400

The 6th Flower and Whale Festival
Date: Mar.23 (Sat) and 24(Sun).
Place: Tokashiki port, Passenger fs terminal. (Tokashiki village)
Events: Sea port decorated with colorful flowers welcomes visitors to the island. Also there will be Tokashiki fs local dishes fair, Tuna cutting Show, Folk entertainment: Kerama drum and Tokashiki Eisa (Okinawan Bon Dance), Whale Quiz Contest, and Exhibition of the humpback whale fs Specimen.
Contact: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tokashiki village at 987-2430 for more information.

The 7th Ie island Lily Festival
Date: Late April `May.6(Mon)
Place: Lily Field Park. (Ie village)
Events: The theme of the event is Flower Island of Romantic sunsets. As the theme says, you can enjoy the picturesque scenery of the north shore in Ie island. You can also enjoy the sweet smell of twenty thousands lilies bloomed in the park. (Other events:) World fs Lily Exhibition, Mashunku-bushi (Okinawan folk song) Contest and Grand Golf Contest.
Contact: Business industry and fisheries office in Ie village at 0980-49-2906 for more information.

Gyokusendo Kingdom Village Flower Festival
Date: To May 6 (Mon).
Place: Gyokusendo Kingdom Village (Tamagusuku Village)
Events: Flower-decorated Gate, Flower Sneak, Flowers & Si-Sa, Flower-decorated Trading ship, Flower-decorated road and more!
Contact: Gyokusendo Kingdom Village at 949-7421 for more information.
Admission fees need to be paid.

Southeast Botanical Garden Flower Festival
`Best Hibiscus Garden in Japan`
Date: To March 31 (Sun).
Place: Southeast Botanical Garden (Okinawa city)
Events: Relaxation and healing paradise of subtropical plants is the theme of this event. Enjoy the subtropical plants in full bloomed in the garden. (Other events:) Chibana Flower Festival, Hibiscus photo Exhibition, Orchid Photo Spot, Best Hibiscus in Japan, Flower LeiArt-cowcommemorative stamps rally, Cherry blossom Tea House, Kaleidoscope Fair and more!
Contact: Southeast Botanical Garden at 939-2555 for more information.
Admission fees need to be paid.

Whale and Flower Island
Date: To March 31 (Sun).
Place: Zamami port Whale Park and others. (Zamami village)
Events: Two meters long Whale statue decorated with colorful flowers will welcome you at Zamami port.
Contact: Zamami village office at 987-2311

Flower Station Festival 2002
Date: To March 31 (San).
Place: Flower Station (Gushikawa city)
Events: An exhibition and sale of various orchids. You can also see the domesticated orchids. (Other events:) Lecture class of Orchids@ 9am `4:30pm, Quiz game w/ gift giving away, Tour in the station(reservation needed, from 10peples), Lecture class of Herbs, Gushikawa exhibition of EM-related products and more!
Contacts: Tropical Plants Resource Research Institute, lmtd. at 972-4661 for more information.

The 6th Yanbaru Subtropical Garden Flower Festival
Date: To May 6 (Mon)
Place: Yanbaru Subtropical Garden (Nago city)
Events: Enjoy the beautiful subtropical flowers such as Anthurium, Oncidium, Bergstrom Orchids and all kinds of orchids planted in the Hego ferns virgin forest.
Contact: Yanbaru Subtropical Garden at 53-0007 for more information.
Admission fees need to be paid.

Gardening Class & Oshibana(Pressed Flowers) Past Card Making Class.
Date: To April 30 (Tue).
Place: Big Time Resort Ikei Island (Yonagusuku town)
Events: Gardening Class: 1hour 1000(tax included and gift giving away)
Reservation needed in advance
Oshibana post card making Class: 1hour 1000 (tax included)
Reservation need in advance. Max. 10-15pls.

The 9th Flower Aquarium in Himeyuri Park
Date: To March 31 (Sun)
Place: Himeyuri Park (Itoman city)
Events: Lottery you can win free nights stay at Hotels and free dinner coupon. Photo Contest Lottery in the shopping courtyard. Green Fair. Opening Ceremony (on live radio broad-casting).

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