TO THE SEA OF COLORS

For me, nothing beats the warmth that the month of May brings. It’s also the time of exploding color of flowers as the season of spring reaches to its climax before summer finally takes over.

Also in the month of May (which is by the way my birth month) is the gorgeous tulip season in Japan. Up in the higher mountains of Susono-shi in Shizuoka is an incredibly vast amusement park called Grinpa. Last winter, we came here for ice skating (check my blog: Skating with Fuji) and although I’ve told you before how this place is rather incomparable to other more popular parks such as Disneyland, it sure has its own unique way to entice anyone who comes.

Annually, Grinpa showcases their more than 200 thousand different kinds of tulip flowers. They call it the Heavenly Tulip Festival. From afar, the wide garden looks as if it’s floating on top of the hills.

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The park’s Dutch-theme houses and cottages complemented so well with it. It makes me imagine of visiting a grandma’s beautiful garden on a Sunday afternoon.

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Everything looked so crisp: the edges of the petals and its rich colors that never over lined it. As you know, this place also has the clearest and closest view of Mt. Fuji.

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However, it wasn’t seemed to be our lucky day. The entire field was covered with fog. Nonetheless, I don’t feel sorry for it. Remembering that day, I thought we were even luckier. The mists faded the sky and anything that was harshly visible giving away but a sea of brilliant colors.

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Soon, spring will finally come to its end. Flowers will wither and another one blooms. I will be constantly waiting for this particular moment until the next season. Next year? One day? – in a warm month of May.

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Twenty-two (22) Forward is inspired from personal experiences, intimate thoughts and life adventure created and authored by LOLISA MAE SAKURAI. A special mark to her 22nd chapter, the things in between, and everything beyond there is.

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