Spring Rose Festival
1 May – 2 June 2019
Not enough rose bouquets in your life? Here is a cure in a romantic setting – the annual Spring Rose Festival at Kyu-Furukawa Teien.
Kyu-Furukawa Teien and its roses
The Kyu-Furukawa Tei’en is a rare surviving example of a garden created in the early Taisho period in the 1910s. The estate, which used to be owned by the Furukawa family, later became a national property.
A Western-style house on the hilltop and a Western-style garden on the hillside were designed by the English architect Josiah Conder (1852 – 1920). At the base of the hill is a Japanese garden created by Jihei Ogawa, a famed Japanese landscaper (1860 – 1933).
The Western-style garden is elegantly adorned with 200 roses (100 varieties). They yield gorgeous, colourful blossoms that burst open twice a year in spring and autumn.
Spring Rose Festival at Kyu-Furukawa Teien
The garden is a pretty place for a stroll particularly during the annual Spring Rose Festival, held for the 19th time this year.
The festival highlights include the lighting of the garden and classical music concerts, offered to visitors without extra charge.
◆ Lighting of the garden
The rose garden, Western-style house and the Japanese-style garden will be lit up during the peak bloom of roses, offering a romantic sight.
【Dates】 10 – 19 May
【Hours】 Sunset to 9 pm (*last admission 8:30 pm; there will be restricted areas after 5 pm)
◆ Spring Rose Concerts
Have some wonderful music on the lawn (“Shibahu Hiroba”, opened only for special events), surrounded by elegant roses and the Western-style mansion.
1 May (Wed) String Quartet
6 May (Mon) Ensemble Levent Wind Quintet
26 May (Sun) Quartet Rose
【Hours】 At noon and 3 pm (each session for some 30 minutes; cancellation in case of rain)
◆ Vote for your favourite spring rose
Find your favorite one among the roses blossoming in the garden. Will “Cinderella”, the three-time winner and the laureate last year, be voted the queen again?
◆ Other events
During the festival, there will be also: a special kiosque of roses, guided tours by volunteers (featuring the Japanese Garden) and paid photography workshops.
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