Hubby and I visited Blume Messe Akita on November 26th. Blume Messe Akita is a roadside station located in Showa district of Katagami city in Akita prefecture. Here various kinds of fresh and durable flowers, plants, fruits, and vegetables produced directly at the farms of Showa district are available. The roadside station also has local specialty products, a restaurant, a greenhouse, a lawn field, and a golf field. It is a nice place to enjoy with friends and families.
Blume Messe Akita is located about 65 kilometers north of our home and it took us one hour to reach there by our car. We reached the car parking facility of the road station at about 10.30 am. The parking area is located in a lawn flower bed plaza named Shibafu Kadan Hiroba. It is a vast lawn that encompasses a total area of 20000 square meters. Here seasonal flowers are grown throughout the year in flower beds having an area of 3000 square meters. The beauty of tulips in spring, sunflower and tropical sage in summer, and cosmos in autumn are enjoyed by the visitors. Right in front of the car parking area, we saw a beautiful heart-shaped seasonal flower bed made out of 2000 potted ornamental cabbage (kale) in purple-pink color. The Japanese character ‘Kizuna’ was created using white colored ornamental cabbage in this flower bed. Kizuna means bond between people, which incidentally has been selected as the kanji character of the year 2011. We were really impressed by the beautiful display. There were a few other big flower beds in the lawn but we skipped seeing them.
Hubby standing next to a map of Blume Messe Akita
Blume Messe Akita
I am standing in front of the heart-shaped flower bed made out of ornamental cabbage
First we visited a greenhouse named Kansho Onshitsu. The interior of the greenhouse is divided into three sections, each having a different theme. The theme of greenhouse A is the proposal of a green living space. We enjoyed viewing various kinds of flowers and plants in containers and hangings that are made using familiar materials. Also in this section, Santa Claus and his friends are arranged beautifully on a large decorated stage for an ongoing winter event. These displayed objects seemed to welcome the visitors. In addition, there is a corner for cactus plants and Tillandsia (air plants). Hubby enjoyed viewing various kinds of cacti.
I am sitting on a wooden bench in front of flowering plants in containers
I am sitting on a wooden bench in front of a beautifully decorated large stage with many objects
Hubby along with cactus plants and Tillandsia
The theme of greenhouse B is enjoying the flowers of Akita. In this section, the flowers produced in Akita prefecture are scattered amongst the conifers. Several kinds of seasonal flowers and herbs also adorn this place. We saw blooming Cyclamen plants everywhere around us. In addition, presently a Poinsettia Tower is exhibited for an ongoing winter event. Poinsettia Tower is a giant red tree that is made from Poinsettia plants produced locally in Showa district. About 2800 plants are used which are critically arranged to make a 4 meter tall red tree. The top of the tree is decorated with a cute Santa Claus, his friends, and reindeer. We were very impressed by the giant tree and were already in a Christmas mood although it was just the end of November. The atmosphere in this section was so peaceful and serene. We took some rest here and refreshed ourselves.
Conifers and the flowers of Akita prefecture
I am standing in front of the conifers and the flowers of Akita prefecture
Hubby enjoying the conifers and various colors of Cyclamen flowers
I am standing in front of Poinsettia Tower
I am sitting on a wooden bench in front of the giant red tree
Top of the tree is decorated with Santa Claus and his friends
Hubby walking inside greenhouse B
The theme of greenhouse C is warm green surroundings. This section has a tropical mood where we can enjoy seeing many tropical plants and trees all year round. We saw white bird of paradise plants (Strelitzia), Paphiopedilum, potted mikan plants, banana plants, ferns, and many other varieties of tropical plants. It was really fun to walk around and enjoy various kinds of plants and flowers in this section. Some of the plants and flowers reminded me of India.
I am standing next to white bird of paradise plants
Hubby and the white bird of paradise plants
Hubby pointing a Paphiopedilum flower
I am walking inside greenhouse C
Tropical setting of greenhouse C
Hubby standing next to potted mikan plants
Hubby walking inside greenhouse C
Me, the white bird of paradise plants, and banana plants
Banana saplings and ferns
After enjoying the greenhouse, we next visited Agriplaza Showa. It is a shopping space having a variety of items like durable fresh flowers of Showa district, locally produced vegetables, specialty products of Katagami city, and souvenirs of Akita prefecture. The coming season’s green seedlings and plant saplings are also sold here. Funny and curious items collected from roadside stations of other prefectures, which are hard to come by in Akita prefecture, are also available here. At the front entrance gate of the shop, we saw a striking display of a variety of potted flowering plants with colorful blooms. Inside the shop there was a huge corner selling seasonal potted blooming Cyclamen plants. We bought two potted flowering plants, mochi rice, and locally produced vegetables and fruits from this shop. We also had pear flavored softcream which was refreshing. Near the entrance gate outside the shop, we bought grilled squid from a stall and had it. It was delicious.
Potted ornamental cabbage displayed at the front entrance of Agriplaza Showa shop
I am standing next to various kinds of potted flowering plants at the front entrance of the shop
I am standing next to potted Poinsettia plants at the front entrance of the shop
A corner selling potted blooming Cyclamen plants inside the shop
I am holding a blooming Cyclamen plant
We bought two potted flowering plants, mochi rice, and locally produced vegetables and fruits
Fresh spinach, potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, long onion, and pears
Hubby having softcream
Hubby eating grilled squid
We left Blume Messe Akita at about 1 pm. Later we went to Akita city where hubby practiced his batting skills at a baseball batting center named Tennoh Batting Dome. He batted for three games, with each game having 20 pitches. I compiled a video of him practicing in the second game.
It was a nice day out with hubby.