盆栽村

3 May

Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s birthday.

She’s twelve now. So now my kids are 12, 13 and 14.

She’s the “baby” of the family…and she’s already almost a teenager! They’re growing up too fast!

*********************************

I read about a place in 埼玉県 (Saitama Prefecture) out in the countryside north of Tokyo called 盆栽村 (Bonsai Village) that has many Bonsai gardens.

(Bonsai is the art of clipping and shaping plants (usually small trees)).

I never had an opportunity to go there and I didn’t want to make a special trip all the up there just to look at Bonsai. But today I had to go up in that general area for a few hours…so I decided to check out Bonsai Village on my way home.

There were many beautiful gardens with very nice bonsai…but taking photos was forbidden. I was disappointed about that.

They had some bonsai for sale. The prices were between ¥5000 and ¥50,000 (about U.S. $40 -$400)!

I was able to take this photo of a bonsai tree in someone’s front yard in a house near one of the gardens.

This place really was out in the boonies (American slang. “Boondocks, Sticks, Countryside, Rural”).

There was nothing there. Not at all like urban Tokyo.

I saw a convenience store and it had a parking lot. In Tokyo, like many big cities (NYC, etc), most places don’t have parking lots…if you drive somewhere, you have to find a place to park (hopefully) nearby and walk. Most people in Tokyo use the punctual, clean, safe and affordable public transportation (trains in Tokyo arrive every 3 minutes or so).

Here’s a picture of the train tracks in this countryside town. There’s nothing but trees and farmland for miles.

Here’s a couple of trains coming down that track:

Here’s a couple more videos of trains arriving at the 大宮公園駅 (Oomiya-kouen Station). (One going away from Tokyo, the other going towards):

About these ads

2 Responses to “盆栽村”

  1. Elaine May 3, 2008 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today. My husband & I have been in Japan for just over two months. We’re living in Funabashi so not far from Tokyo & are teaching conversational English here. We’re both in our 50s & are retired school teachers from Canada. We have three grown kids back in Canada & our daughter gave birth to our first grandchild the day before yesterday! We first visited Japan three years ago when our oldest son & his wife were teaching in the Osaka area. We’d long dreamed of teaching English in Asia after retirement & that visit convinced us that we wanted to spend more time in this country. Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed Nikko. We didn’t get to Edo Mura but it definitely sounds interesting.

    Like

  2. tokyo5 May 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm #

    Elaine…

    >Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today.

    And thank you for commenting on mine. Feel free to comment here anytime.

    >We’re living in Funabashi so not far from Tokyo

    Yes, Funabashi is not far from us. Have you visited the “LaLaPort Mall” in Minami-Funabashi?

    >teaching conversational English here.

    To adults? Children?

    >our daughter gave birth to our first grandchild the day before yesterday!

    Congratulations! A boy or a girl?
    Born on May 1? My youngest’s birthday is May 2 (as I mentioned in this post).

    >we thoroughly enjoyed Nikko.

    Yes, it’s a nice area. Too bad you didn’t wait a couple weeks to go there, though…on May 18, there will be “Yabusame” (Horseback archery) in Nikko.

    >We didn’t get to Edo Mura but it definitely sounds interesting.

    Yes, it’s fun. It’s an “ancient land” type of park…kinda like those “Old West Parks” in the U.S….but with geisha, samurai, and ninja instead of cowboys.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 237 other followers

%d bloggers like this: