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post : 2015.05.16 19:00
Hibiscus is also called “akabanaa (or red flower)” in Okinawa. It is a representative flower which gives you an image of Okinawa. I would highly recommend “Ie Island Hibiscus Garden” on Ie Island, which is a 30-minute ferry ride from mainland Okinawa. The garden has more than 1,000 species of hibiscuses you can appreciate!
You might want to ask why it is on Ie Island. It is because Ie Island is also the home of the Japan Hibiscus Society!
Ie Island is famous for “Lily Festival,” which is held in spring, but at “Ie Island Hibiscus Garden,” you can appreciate beautiful hibiscuses all year around. The area of the exhibition building is 1,620 m², and new species of hibiscuses are produced from here! It is fantastic that you can purchase those new species of hibiscuses to bring back home with you!
Wow, there are more than 1,000 species of hibiscuses. You might be wondering what kinds of flowers they are. This is just a part of the whole flowers from the garden, but let me introduce them in pictures!
Over 1,000 species of hibiscuses are largely divided into four categories: “Old Type,” “Hawaiian Type,” “Coral Type,” and “Ie Island Original.”
The first one is “Hawaiian Type,” which is very colorful and gorgeous. They are said to have the highest ornamental value. (The photo shows “Morning Glory.”)
“Old Type” is the oldest one among all the species of hibiscuses that are crossed with other species and became the mother of the Hawaiian type.
(The photo shows “Cebu 10.”)
Even only new species produced on Ie Island (“Ie Island Original”) are said to be 100 to 200. (The photo shows “Red Shadow.”)
When a new original species is produced, it is sometimes named by a student on a school excursion who experiences minpaku* on Ie Island. That’s why some has unique names.
* Minpaku: You stay in a traditional house, and experience life in a rural household and eat traditional cuisine made with home-grown or locally-sourced ingredients.
It is also fun to produce a new species of hibiscus by crossing with another species. Please try cross-pollinate by transferring pollen of stamen to pistil of another species of hibiscus.
You can get more than 30 seeds from some species and get none from some, but isn’t it enjoyable to see what kind of flower will bloom after budding?
A white hibiscus shown on the above photo is a pure white hibiscus produced by cross-pollinating stamen called “Gachapin” with pistil called “Ryugi.” The central part is a little peach-colored.
You have seen red or pink hibiscuses, which are common, but this kind of reddish-purple hibiscus (shown on the left photo) is unusual!
In addition to that, you can appreciate hibiscuses in many colors including “Silver Memory (shown on the right photo),” which is a Hawaian Type and has beautiful two-tone colors of purple and yellow!
On a spacious site, you can find not only “Hibiscus Exhibition Building” but also strolling spots called “Forest of Wild Birds” and “Pond of Waterfowls.” Along the walking path, a variety of hibiscuses are planted, so I would recommend that you enjoy walking while appreciating the hibiscuses.
The best thing about “Ie Island Hibiscus Garden” is free admission! Also you can buy a hibiscus you like there right away. When you come to Ie Island for sightseeing, why don’t you visit there?
“Ie Island Hibiscus Garden”
Address: 3614−1 Agariemae, Ie Village, Kunigami County, Okinawa
Official Website: http://www1.iejima.org/hibiscusen/
Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer Hiroshi Kuwamura (KUWA)