This is the famous Huis Ten Ten Bosch (literally "House of Forest" in the suburbs of The Hague where Dutch Royal Family used to reside) (ハウステンボス Hausu Ten Bosu), a theme park on Hario Island in Omura Bay, Sasebo, Nagasaki which does its best to "re-create" the feelings of an old Dutch town through life size copies of its hotels, villas, theatres, museums, shops and restaurants, canals, windmills, amusement rides, and a park planted in seasonal flowers. The site is close to Hirado (平户市), where the Dutch set up its first trading post in Japan in 1609.
Windmills and Dutch houses. First opened in 1992, and peaking in 1996 with more than 4.26 million visitors, they were not strong enough to withstand the Japanese economic slump and went into bankruptcy in 2003 when Nomura Principal Finance Company pumped some money into it and in 2010 was taken over by H. I. S, a travel agency. It's anyone guess how long it will survive now that both Tokyo and Hong Kong have their own Disneyland and Shanghai is building another one?
For whom shall I turn my arms?
This rose certainly is not the least worried if we are still able to join in its month-long Festival of Roses starting 8th May, 2015, said to be the largest in the world with more than 1,000 different types of roses.
My second rose at an arbor outside the entrance to the fair grounds
Another one. I know got a feeling how tired I'd be before long.
a rare rose in yellow and orange
Ever seen a rose with such a long stamen?
Really difficult to tell which is prettier.
Are these roses?
Surely these aren't.
A really impressive hotel
A field of daisies and chrysanthemums
Never saw these before
A quiet country house, away from the hustle and bustle
another neat windmill
Dutch canal bridge
Another new discovery
These I've seen before but not in exactly the same kind of color
What are these?
Pretty purple bells
A rose about to open up
such delicate petals.
how could it pack so many petals so closely together
roses, roses, roses, nothing but roses
a triplet: Paul's Himalayan musk
Crown Princess Margareta
hanging down Cl Iceberg. What a name!
Madame Alfred Carrière
A Kew Rambler
another one of Paul's Himalayan Musk
These are called just "Grace"
The pre-opening Grace
Ever seen purple roses
If not, what are they doing here?
Alberic Barbier or angela
Pierre de Ronsard
A full Cl Blue moon
A half Cl blue moon?
A Cl Gold Bunny
Ghislaine de Féligonde
A white rose!
Entrance or exit, it's time to pick up our hotel rooms unless we're prepared to sleep under these walls and canopies of roses