Every spring and fall, I make a pilgrimage to Nananoshima Rose Garden, a rose garden on a small island in the very center of Osaka. ("Nakanoshima" literally means "center/middle island".) It has over 80 different kinds of roses from around the world and over 4000 plants. Timing is always a challenge. If you go too early, there isn't much to see. However, too late, and the roses are wilting and very disappointing. This year I went later than usual but, thankfully, although many roses were past their peak, there were still enough to keep me very busy. Despite a full schedule, I have no regrets about taking the time to visit the garden. It was a peaceful oasis and one that did me good. (I stopped at Kitahama Retro Tea Room on the way home and bought some ginger shortbread cookies. I have no regrets about that either! (^.~))
I took SO many photographs of roses that I'll be uploading them in sets of 5 starting today. Each photo caption includes the name of the rose, the type, where the variety was created, and the year of creation. (I finally remembered to take note of the details this year! Rather pleased with myself!)
I'm a photographer based in Osaka, Japan. I love to take photographs. I like to share.