--a botanical garden in an area called the Karasuma hanto(Karasuma Peninsula), on the banks of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture.
After arriving at the park and paying our admission (300 yen a person--about US$3), we headed to the hasugunseichi (the area where the hasu (lotus) grows).
This area is HUGE! about 13 hectares...about 32 acres...of lotus. Looking to the left.
And to the right. Lotus flowers and plants stretched as far as my eyes could see.
The weather was hot (about 36C = 96F), perfect for water skiing, which is what these people were doing on Lake Biwa right outside of the lotus patch.
There were many people, some sketching, but many photographing. One lady was trying to balance on a tiny rock while holding her umbrella trying to photograph a lotus blossom with her cell phone. I kind of chuckled when I saw her do this.
This botanical garden also had the largest lily pads I've ever seen. Wanna play hopscotch?
There were also tombo doing their "thing".
Inside the air conditioned Lotus Hall, I
The botanical garden also had an atrium with many tropical plants. I saw many things that reminded me of home. One was this mango tree.
We shared kakigori (shave ice), no rainbow here. Satoshi chose melon.
Back at the JR Kusatsu station, I noticed these ubagamochi, which are a famous item in Kusatsu. They are soft white mochi wrapped with sweet bean paste. They are supposed look like a mother's breast, which is what I think "ubaga" means.
Lunch was at a Chinese restaurant--Asakusa. I ordered their reimen (cold noodles). This really hit the spot.
All in all it was a great day.
Satoshi was impressed by the size of the lotus patch, though we both wished we hadn't picked the hottest day of the year to go.
Hope you have a great week.
Open 7:00-17:00 during the Summer & 9:00-17:00 during the rest of the year