Yesterday, Teddy and I biked down to Tsurumai Park to enjoy the roses, which are at the beginning of their blooming period.
Azaleas are also in bloom now, though they are nearing their end.
Roses just beginning to open.
I really like the striped roses a lot!
This rose bush had two different shades of two toned roses!!
I thought that this set of roses looked kind of like a snail’s face with its antennae!
There were pink, red, dark red, magenta, purple, orange, yellow, multi-colored roses and more!
A butterfly drinking nectar from flowers.
We saw these pretty koi inside of the greenhouse at the park.
Here is a HUGE turtle basking in the sun.
Unfortunately, Saturday also happened to be Constitution Memorial Day, which is a day when the batshit crazy nationalists come out of the woodwork, get in their big trucks, and mess up traffic patterns and the police force’s day. Literally every police officer in Nagoya had to be down at the park to prevent violence and rioting because these crazy people come out and yell really terrible stuff into loud speakers – a lot of it is really racist and insane. I even got to see the police holding back one of the crazies from beating on a Japanese person who was holding a sign protesting against them. Based on most of the bystanders’ facial expressions, I think these people are similar to the Westboro people, in that it seems like most Japanese are embarrassed by them, or even have a thinly veiled hatred towards them. So, after seeing the park, we kind of wanted to get out of there, cause those people are scary and annoying. We headed over to Sakae to walk around the park there (and thankfully, no crazies were in that area).
There is a really beautiful fountain park at Hisaya Odori Koen, a thin strip of park that runs down many streets in Sakae.
Me at the fountain park!
Another shot of the fountain park.
Beautiful flowers in Sakae.
Cute stuffed pandas outside of Panda Cafe.
When we got home, Teddy made us yummy salads, and I made vegetarian mapo tofu and gyoza!
The next post will be about our hike in Gifu!