Hachijo-jima Freesia Festival
19 March – 2 April 2017
The administrative region of Tokyo consists of a number of subtropical islands, the fact often ignored but which differentiates the Japanese capital from Paris or New York. Hachijo-jima, one of Tokyo’s islands, is located about 55 minutes away by airplane (or one night by boat), and 300 kilometers south of the metropolis.
In spring, the air of Hachijojima is scented with sweet fragrance of flowers. The Freesia Festival this year will start on 19 March, for a duration of two weeks.
Festive events will take place around the freesia field at the foot of Mount Hachigata, such as free picking of freesia flowers (up to 20 stems per person) and outdoor tea ceremonies, overlooking the freesia field, carpeted with yellow, white, pink and purple flowers. To accompany your matcha tea, try some local sweets. For instance, a yatsuhashi (made of rice flour and sugar) with ashitaba (a native plant rich in minerals and vitamins), stuffed with sweet azuki paste. Delicious!
Also on the programme: concerts of Hachijo taiko (Japanese drums), the sale and workshop of earrings and accessories made of flowers, and the wearing of a traditional kimono called “Ki-hachijo” (Reservation required). This pretty kimono with lattice motifs is made of silk, handmade and dyed in yellow with vegetable dyes. As usual, the “Freesia Infiorata” will conclude the festival. Under the direction of an expert artist, the participants will create flower carpets incorporating 400,000 freesia flowers.
Other than the festival, you can also taste local cuisine, purchase gourmet specialties and crafts, and above all, offer yourself a good, relaxing moment at one of the island’s onsens (hot springs). So decide now and prepare yourself for the spring vacation on Hachijo-jima Island.
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