GVG welcomed 5 English speaking members of Iwatsuki Tourist Volunteer Guide Association on July 11. GVG met them at Ancient Lotus Park where beautiful flowers of ancient lotus & lotus from around the world welcomed them. Then, they moved to the Museum of Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds where national treasure, gold-inlaid Iron Sword was exhibited. Finally, they enjoyed Oshi Castle Site & City Museum where they studied free English guide by native English speaker through Multi-language instrument.
Have you ever seen this beatiful dragonfly? I was concerned its living situation and checked it. Its conservation status is Least Concern. If you come to the Pond of Waterfowl at Kodaihasu-no-Sato (Ancient Lotus Park and Museum) in GYODA, you'll watch the dragonfly. Japanese name, Cho-tonbo originates from its flying shape that butterfly flies. It's said that a life of this dragonfly is about three months. Do you think it's enough? A life of Ancient Lotus is four days.
On Friday July 5, there was another guiding workshop in English at Oshi Castle. This castle has a glorious history and so many places to explain to prospective visitors from abroad, so I was able to cover only a part of them. Still, I tried to focus on exchanging with guests and entertaining them with quizzes. I really appreciate the kind comments and useful tips from Shimizu-san, Nagakura-san and Tsukui-san, who kindly came to coach me that day.
At the World Lotus Garden in this park, there are 20 thousand lotus with 40 varieties of flowering lotus from around the world. Particularly Oriental people love lotus very much, and this may relate that Buddha loved lotus. They in this picture, are Chinese family and a member of GVG. The family come to this park to enjoy lotus flowers from Kawaguchi City in the southern city of Saitama Prefecture. They pause and sit on a bench facing at this pond.
This pond is an attractive place for persons who love chasing kingfisher by their cameras. Kingfisher has blue upperparts, orange underparts and a long bill. Female kingfisher might enjoy using red lipstick as women of human being do. Female kingfisher has a red color in her lower bill, the other hand, male kingfisher has black color in his bill. So, this must be a male kingfisher. A member of GVG seemed to be very happy. For it was his first time to catch kingfisher with his camera.
There are four ponds for lotus, two gardens for lotus and peony, two fields of wintersweet and peony trees, two ponds for fishing at the Ancient Lotus Park and Museum in Gyoda. Season of lotus has begun. This picture shows the pond of waterfowls . It is a natural pond. Here you can see more native lotus with taller stalk, deeper color. Also if you are lucky, you can chase wild ducks, geese,great egrets, kingfishers etc. by your eyes in this pond. The Lotus Festival is scheduled on July 7, 2019.
Gyoda City had rice-planting days for "Huge Rice Paddy Art 2019" at "Kodaihasu-no-Sato", Ancient Lotus Park and Museum on June 14 and 15. The first day was rainy and terrible day however, the second day was fantastic day for it. About nine hundred people attended it. The rice paddy field is about seven acres and it was registered in "the Guinness Book of Record " in 2015 as the biggest paddy art in the world.
This is a picture of design for "The Huge Rice Paddy Art in 2019" at "Kodaihasu-no-Sato" Ancient Lotus Park and Museum in Gyoda. The theme of this year is three rugger players of Japanese national team of rugby. "RUGBY WORLD CUP JAPAN 2019" will be held in autumn. Kumagaya city'll host three games at their stadium which is close to this park. If visitors go up to observation tower, 55 yards above ground, they'll see this art spread across a paddy canvas even in days of "WORLD CUP" term.
The season of waterlily at Ancient Lotus Park in Gyoda began earlier than it of Ancient Lotus. Do you see the difference between waterlily and lotus? Lotus has floating leaves,standing leaves and lotus root. However, waterlily has only floating leaves. What impressionist Claude Monet loved is waterlily, on the other hand Buddha in India loved lotus.
Above picture is juvenile of female kingfisher, and she has duller colors with her.It is said that parent push their children out of their territory,after they finish days of juvenile.Picture below shows that kingfisher likes dabbling very much.She also good at hovering in a air.We can watch kingfishers not only Suijyo Park,but also "Kodaihasu no Sato"(Ancient Lotus Park) and other places in GYODA city.