Today, I made mugwort rice cakes. Every year around this season is the season of mugwort. I had picked leaves of mugwort at the Tama river, Tokyo by last year. This year, I picked it at Maizuru park. When I was in the US, I also found mugwort and made the mugwort rice cakes. Many Japanese like to eat the rice cake with bean jam. But I like to eat it with sugar simply. Sugar makes its good fragrance and taste strong.
There is a huge wisteria Trellis in Maizuru park. I had been waiting for wisteria season since I came here. I think that now wisteria is in half bloom. Combination of fresh green and bright violet is so beautiful.
These pictures were taken at the "big lawn field (O-Shibafu Hitoba)" in Umino Nakamichi seaside park. I enjoyed seeing the sky! This time, I was not able to look at all parts of the park, so I'd like to come here again.
I saw Koinobori in Umino nakamichi seaside park. Koinobori means "carp streamer" in Japanese. Koinobori traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no Sekku, a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a National holiday, Children's Day (May 5).
I usually look Umino Nakamich, which is a peninsula, from Hakata side. Yesterday, I look Hakata side of Fukuoka from the peninsula for the first time. The scenery was nice. First photo was taken at back of Marine World in Umino Nakamichi. Second photo is Marin World building. Third photo is a street to Marin World. I felt like I was in Hawaii.
Flowers of tree peony and paeoniae radix started to bloom in Botan Syakuyaku-en in Maizuru park. Botan means tree peony in Japanese. Syakutaku means paeoniae radix in Japanese. Their flowers are colorful, huge, and gorgeous. Flowers of Botan will probably be in full bloom in early May or so. I can't wait to see it.
There are rocks engraved old Japanese poetry, which are called Manyo Kahi. There is one of these in Ohori koen. The poet is...Because it was hard for me to say good bye to you, I stayed (with you) one night in this shore. I think that people's mind have not been so changed. These rocks are settled in the West park and also in ruin of the Fukuoka castle. It may be interesting to visit all of these.
There is a central observatory in the West park. Scenery from there is very good. The west park was used to be called "Aratsu-mountain park". There is a sign of top of the mountain. On the way to the top of the mountain, there is a rock engraved poetry by Sisyo Kato (1830-1865). He was a Samurai in the Edo period, trying to change the situation at that time. But he was ordered to commit ritual suicide by disembowelment by Fukuoka-Han, which was a local government in Fukuoka. He was just 36 years old. He composed poetry saying that Samurai has to do everything that is ordered. Samurai has to sincerely devote to his boss and parents.
I visited the West park again. There is an interesting explanation board saying that people were noticed noon by sound of firing blanks by a cannon in Fukuoka. One company was doing it. Firstly, people complained that it was too noisy. Thus the cannon had to be moved three times. Then the company was bankrupted. Interestingly, people complained that it is too sad not to hear the sound. Then Fukuoka city started fire blanks at noon instead of the company. It lasted 1888-1931.