This past Saturday, we went to a park called Meijo Koen, which means “Nagoya Castle Park”. As the name suggests, you can see Nagoya Castle from inside the park. There was a really nice ikebana festival going on in the Flower Plaza Building, so we got to see many nice flower arrangements.
First, we looked at the many ikebana in the plaza. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. I think it is extremely beautiful, so here are many pictures of the various arrangements.
That’s all for the ikebana! Onto the rest of the park!
There was also a very small interior garden path with a pretty birdbath in the center.
Outside, there was a decorative windmill. It didn’t move – the blades were tied down.
Here is a view of Nagoya Castle with the lake in the foreground.
Japan has a terrible “suterareta neko” problem. People decide they no longer want their cats and dump them in parks. They then reproduce and exacerbate the problem. There are very few animal shelters in Japan (none in Nagoya). It’s a really sad thing. And people will go to the pet store and pay over $1000 for a run of the mill, mixed breed tabby rather than take in the strays. I don’t get it.
There were other creatures in the park that have a less sad origin. Such as this creepy as hell spider. This guy was the size of a US quarter!
There were tons of hydrangea along the running/walking path. I love hydrangeas. I bought one, but it’s doing pretty sadly. 😦
I was super excited to see that the one lotus pond had TADPOLES in it!! They were SO cute! This little guys was smaller than a US penny.
Well, that is all for Meijo Koen. Next, I will post about my two visits to Kiyosu Castle.