Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 May: Japan: Fukuoka: Kurume: Ishibashi Cultural Center

Ishibashi Cultural Center
〒839-0862 1015 Nonaka-machi, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka

It was a striking sunny Sunday afternoon when I arrived the area of Kurume. I was not expecting for much as I've already in rose festivities in Osaka (2014) and Nagasaki (2016), but the event happened to be an amazing one!

You'll be welcomed by rows of roses and snack bar.  Along with it is a violin concert where viewers can enjoy lying down on the grassland.

It was a long walk to the gardens and apart from roses, there are other varieties of flowers to check-out.

It was a family day for some, a playful event for kids and simply hang out with a violin concert for others.

But definitely, a cheerful even for photography enthusiasts.

While lying on the grass under these pine and maple trees, sipping a rose ice tea literally with petals, waiting for the violin concert - I suddenly got to recognize, " I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. ".  We are bound as one thru music, it was "Amazing Grace" that was playing at the concert stage.

Recommendation: I have enjoyed this place more for testing my photography skills (over the slightly failed Yanagawa walk).  It was a good stop for taking a break from the long walks I’ve been doing on the side streets of Kyushu.  Plus, it was a good spot to listen to violin recital on the background.  Visit the place during spring festivities.  Luckily, I was able to attend Spring Rose Festival (April 29 - May 21), read other festivities on their website.

How to get there?
Take the Tenjin Ōmuta Line in Yanagawa, Fukuoka, Japan. Drop-off at Nishitetsu Kurume Station.  Go the bus terminal just on the ground floor of the subway station.  Go to Section #3, queue on the left side and await for buses no. #1, #9.

This page suggests other alternatives:

  • By train - A 10 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Kurume” Station on the Tenjin-Omuta Line
  • By bus - Take the No. 1, 7, 8, 9, 20, 22, 25, 40, 45 or 48 Nishitetsu bus to Bunka Center Mae stop; directly in front of the stop
Date Visited: May 14, 2017 - Sunday