|Fukuoka Kimono Walk #5|
About Fukuoka Kimono Walk
This project is aiming to show a different Fukuoka, far from the big modern city image, while making kimono more accessible.
In the May issue of Fukuoka Kimono Walk, I wanted to go in a Japanese garden. Thinking about the seasons (especially where I want to go this fall) , I chose the Ohori Park's one. But first I want to talk about my kimono.
I chose a completely unusual kimono for me as it's ... black! I wanted something that makes a little more adult and that would be really different with what I choose in March and April(girly and pink and pastel colors kimono). That one with the embroidered purple wisteria was not only perfect for the season but it was exactly the atmosphere I wanted. There were also some gold and silver embroidery but this remained very discreet. Looking at the pictures I noticed that the kimono was still very yukata-ish with its colors: purple and black are a classic color duo for summer kimono. But it's almost summer so it doesn't matter.
To settle and avoid to be too dark, I opted for a red and silver with gray setbacks obi. It married well with the zori sandals that were in the same tones. This time, I'm very glad I chose to make folds on the obi as this reduces slightly the bright red that might have otherwise been too conspicuous. I enjoyed being with my usual dresser to make my hair done by her at the shop. I also borrowed two hair ornaments: red and golden flower and a bright violet one.
As I mentioned in this article (where you can see other photos) the Ohori Park Japanese Garden was created for Ohori Park's 50th anniversary of and was inaugurated in 1984. This is my second visit to the garden and as last year there no people except me ! I must say that it was raining a bit but it made me happy, I could walk, photograph (and film) quietly without worrying if my tripod would disturb visitors.
To my surprise there were still many flowers and it was great between the beautiful bright green leaf and the pink azaleas. I enjoyed the path circling the lake for these reasons and I totally recommend visiting the garden at this time of year. By cons I would have liked to feed the carp. In many Japanese gardens in Fukuoka, people can purchase for 100 yen a pocket full of seeds tho spear to the fish but in the Ohori Park's one they don't sell anything. It's a shame, maybe I should suggest that to them ?
In the garden there is also a traditional building booked for a tea ceremony. I don't like this beverage but I love the tea ceremony (especially making the tea) and I would like to try once true because I have done ceremonies only at school.
It was very hot and humid today! I was sweating (and I's not someone who sweats a lot) with all these layers on me. For the next issue I don't know yet if I would rent a kimono was or if I 'm going to yukata.
To finish this article, two small amusing anecdotes : when I arrived to the garden, I was accosted by a Japanese guide because his client wanted to take a picture with me. It didn't seem that he was bothered me being a foreign people, only the kimono interested him. Then I went to the entrance gate to pay and the lady recognized me ! I came last year and it's crazy that she is remembered after all this time, I was really happy (although she told me "nihongo jozu desu ne " (日本語上手ですね : you speak a really good Japanese) after I asked her a ticket ... whatever) .
See you next month !
|Let's begin the visit|
|Japanese people clap their hands to make carps to come closer|
|A perfect place for a kimono photoshoot !|
|Come on carps !|
|Cute pink flowers were in bloom everywhere|
Access and useful informations
NIHON TEIEN (OHORI KOEN JAPANESE GARDEN)
1-7, Ohori Koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Phone number :
Opening hours :
Everyday (except mondays) from 9am to 5pm (last entry at 4:45pm);
From 9am to 6pm (last entry at 5:45pm) 18h from June to August
Entrance fee :
Adults : 240 yens (190 yens after the foreign tourist special reduction);
Childrens: 120 yens;
Free for children under 6 and for senior from 65.
Adultes : 240 yens (190 yens après la réduction spéciale étrangers);
Enfants : 120 yens;
Gratuit pour les moins de 6 ans et les plus de 65 ans (avec handicap).
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