Friday, April 6, 2018

Tulips! Tulips! Tulips! 2018 Edition (part 1)

They're back!

Every year the city of Yokohama plants tulip bulbs in Yokohama Koen (park) and when they start blooming it's the greatest show on earth. The pictures in this post were taken on April 2nd, 2018 with a Sigma Sd Quattro camera and a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC "Contemporary" lens.

The tulips in Yokohama Koen are a part of Yokohama city's "Garden Necklace".

The "Garden Necklace" is a celebration of the beauty of all kinds of flowers that the city plants in various locations all around the city.

The "Garden Necklace" lasts from March 24th to June 3rd. The official website (in English) for this spectacular event is here Garden Necklace Yokohama 2018

If you are in the area and plan to visit I suggest that you bring your camera and also pack a lunch. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a meal in the midst of all this splendor.

If you're a guy that wants to impress your girlfriend this is the place to bring her. There is no admission fee to enter the park; it's open for free to one and all.  It's the ultimate cheap date!

If you're already married and have children bring the family. There's a small playground for toddlers in the park. And, most importantly there's a clean public restroom in the park too!

Who doesn't enjoy strolling around a park full of tulips?

This is the one event that I look forward to every year.

One need not have an expensive camera to get good pictures here.

Most of the people that I see in the park are taking pictures with their phones.

However, if one does have a decent camera I recommend to bring it.

The weather is perfect, the flowers are beautiful, the people are happy.

A lot of the nearby office workers come here on their lunch hour to eat their lunch.

There are also a lot of restaurants that serve lunch specials nearby. And, Yokohama Koen is less than a 5 minute walk from China Town.

The nicest people visit the park.

If one reaches a saturation point with all the splendor in the park it's also a short walk to many other places.

The waterfront is  just a few blocks away.

Enjoy the view from Osanbashi pier.

There's aways people watching.

Back to the park.

When I decided to move on it was as if the tulips waved goodbye to me.

About a twenty minute walk from the park is the Ookagawa river.

On this day the cherry blossoms were still in pretty good shape. The atmosphere along the river is enhanced with a cold beer.

Vendors set up temporary bars along the river.

Plenty of vendors sell food too.

Take the shot!

The blossoms are starting to thin out now but they'll be back again next year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!


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