Roses and Chocolate

Ibaraki Sweets Fair

This weekend is Ibaraki’s 1st Annual Sweets Fair, being held to promote local produce and artisans. In addition to limited edition desserts produced by first class chefs there will also be famous delicacies on sale. As a bonus, this event will be shared by the exhibition of the pieces made for the1st Annual Patissier Competition, where local patissiers competed to create fabulous works of art from food. If you’re in the area, why not drop by for a bite?

Dates: May 18th to 20th, 11am to 5pm (4pm on Sunday)

Location: Ibaraki Ken-cho 2nd Floor, Kenmin Hall

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Rose Festival

The Ibaraki Flower Park in Ishioka will once again be holding their Rose Festival, celebrating the blooming of 650 varieties and 30 000 bushes.

Entrance fee: Adults 740yen, Children 370yen

Dates: May 26th to June 24th, 9am to 5pm

Location: Ibaraki Flower Park, Ishioka

Events:

Monkey Show (will be cancelled if raining)

Big Hothouse Plaza

May 26th to June 24th, 12:30pm

Always a favorite! Come see jumps and stilt-walking and more from the humorous monkeys of Higashi Tsukuba’s Utopia.

Mt. Tsukuba’s Gama-no-abura Sales Pitch

Visitor Center Plaza

May 26th, June 10th/24th, 10:30 and 1:00

Come and enjoy the old familiar ‘come one come all!’ sales pitch.

Rose Popularity Contest

Rose Garden and Rose Terrace

May 26th to June 3rd

All visitors will get the chance to vote for their favorite variety to decide which will be chosen as number 1. Which will you choose?

Travelling Aquarium

Big Hothouse Plaza

May 27th, 11am to 3pm

Oarai’s Aquaworld will be setting up a special ‘touching pool’ where you can interact with various marine species such as starfish!

Pottery Festival

Parking Lot

June 2nd and 3rd, 10am to 4pm

The individualistic pieces of a ceramic artist who operates a kiln out of the former Yasato region will be on display and up for sale.

Japanese Harp Performance

Big Hothouse Plaza

June 2nd, 11 and 2

The beautiful tones of the Japanese harp will fill the air.

Kocarina Performance

Visitor Center Plaza

June 17th, 11 and 2

The kocarina is a small instrument from Hungary, please come and enjoy its soothing sound.

Exhibitions:

Flower Design

Visitor Center 2nd floor

May 25th to 27th

Gorgeous rose-based flower arrangements will be on display.

Cocoon Craft Display

Visitor Center Hall

May 26th to June 17th

Flowers and bonsai made of soft silk cocoons will be on display.

Plant Dolls

Visitor Center 2nd floor

June 2nd to 10th

Original dolls constructed from unaltered dried nuts and flower petals.

Seasonal Satsuki Exhibit

Exhibition Cultivation Hothouse

June 6th to 10th

The Yasato Bonsai Association will have their achievements on display.

Gladioli Cut Flower Show

Visitor Center Hall

June 21st to 24th

400 gladioli in 40 varieties will be on display.

Classes:

Gardening Class (How to make beautiful roses)

Rest Spot Beside Rose Restaurant

May 27th, June 3rd/10th/19th/20th 1:30pm

You can come and learn for free how to grow and maintain beautiful roses from the rose staff of the flower park.

Making Tiny Rose Bouquets

Visitor Center Hall

May 27th, 11 and 1:30 (500yen for materials, limit 30 people)

Learn how to easily make small rose bouquets.

Japanese Paper Collage Class

Visitor Center Hall

May 30th, 10 and 1:30 (limit 20 people)

Learn how to make beautiful collages from Japanese paper.

Plant Doll Class

Visitor Center Hall

June 3rd, 11am to 3pm (500yen for materials, limit 30 people)

Learn how to make an original doll out of natural nuts, leaves, and flower petals.

Kocarina Performance Class

Visitor Center Hall

June 17th, 11:30 and 2:30

Learn how to play this gentle instrument (free, limit 10 people)

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