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Machida Dahlia Garden

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Enjoying Tokyo

Tokyo has some impressive urban tourist spots that attract a lot of visitors every year. But there are also some green pockets of beauty and nature that can be enjoyed within the metropolis too.

In this interesting blog by Japanese teacher Izumi Yanaka, she explores one of these beautiful locations. You can listen to Yanaka sensei read the blog herself, and learn how to pronounce the words in natural Japanese.

Also please use the vocabulary list to learn new Japanese words. There are two versions of the blog – one with Kanji readings – so you can study Japanese Kanji at your leisure while reading the blog and looking at the wonderful photographs.

町田ダリア園
Machida Dahlia Garden

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By YANAKA Izumi

Dahlia-1

  東京の町田市にダリア園があります。毎年、ダリアが咲く頃に開園し、ダリアが終わる頃に閉園します。今年は6月29日に開園し、閉園は11月4日です。

 ダリア園には約500品種、4000のダリアが植えられていて、夏から秋にかけて様々なダリアを楽しむことができます。昨年、初めて見に行ったのですが、赤や黄色、ピンクなど色とりどりで形も美しくつい写真を何枚も撮ってしまいました。ダリア園で新しく作ったダリアに名前をつけようというイベントもやっていました。ダリアの名付け親になれたら素敵だなと思い、私も応募しましたが、残念ながら採用されませんでした。秋には「月夜のダリア園」といって、夜にダリアを楽しむこともできます。ライトアップされた中で見るダリアも神秘的で違った魅力があります。

 ダリアは背が高いものが多く支柱を立てて誘引してやらなければなりません。それを4000株のダリアにするのは大変な作業だと思います。花を育ててくれた方々に感謝して、今年も美しいダリアを楽しみたいと思います。

Dahlia-2

To listen to this blog, please watch our Youtube video. 

町田(まちだ)ダリア園(えん)

  東京(とうきょう)の町田市(まちだし)にダリア園(えん)があります。毎年(まいとし)、ダリアが咲(さ)く頃(ころ)に開園(かいえん)し、ダリアが終(お)わる頃(ころ)に閉園(へいえん)します。今年(ことし)は6月(がつ)29日(にち)に開園(かいえん)し、閉園(へいえん)は11月(がつ)4日(よっか)です。

  ダリア園(えん)には約(やく)500品種(ひんしゅ)、4000株(かぶ)のダリアが植(う)えられていて、夏(なつ)から秋(あき)にかけて様々(さまざま)なダリアを楽(たの)しむことができます。昨年(きょねん)、初(はじ)めて見(み)に行(い)ったのですが、赤(あか)や黄色(きいろ)、ピンクなど色(いろ)とりどりで形(かたち)も美(うつく)しくつい写真(しゃしん)を何枚(なんまい)も撮(と)ってしまいました。ダリア園(えん)で新(あたら)しく作(つく)ったダリアに名前(なまえ)をつけようというイベントもやっていました。ダリアの名付(なづ)け親(おや)になれたら素敵(すてき)だなと思(おも)い、私(わたし)も応募(おうぼ)しましたが、残念(ざんねん)ながら採用(さいよう)されませんでした。秋(あき)には「月夜(つきよ)のダリア園(えん)」といって、夜(よる)にダリアを楽(たの)しむこともできます。ライトアップされた中(なか)で見(み)るダリアも神秘的(しんぴてき)で違(ちが)った魅力(みりょく)があります。

  ダリアは背(せ)が高(たか)いものが多(おお)く支柱(しちゅう)を立(た)てて誘引(ゆういん)してやらなければなりません。それを4000株(かぶ)のダリアにするのは大変(たいへん)な作業(さぎょう)だと思います。花(はな)を育(そだ)ててくれた方々(かたがた)に感謝(かんしゃ)して、今年(ことし)も美(うつく)しいダリアを楽(たの)しみたいと思(おも)います。

Machida Dahlia Garden

Tokyo's Machida city has a Dahlia garden. Every year the garden opens when the Dahlias start to bloom and closes when the blossoms end. This year it opened on June 29th and is due to close on November 4th.

There are about 500 varieties of Dahlia and 4000 Dahila roots planted, so you can enjoy a variety of Dahlias from summer to autumn. Last year, I visited it for the first time and there were flowers of various shapes and colors including red, yellow and pink blossoms and they were so beautiful that I found myself taking many photos. And there are events to give names to newly created Dahlia flowers in the Dahlia garden. I thought that it would be wonderful if I could be a person who gave a name to a new Dahlia, so I put in an application, but unfortunately, it was not adopted. In autumn there is an event called 'Tsukiyo no Dahlia en' where you can enjoy viewing the Dahlia at night. Watching the Dahlias in the lit-up atmosphere was mysterious and had a different point of attraction.

Many of the Dahlia are tall so they need to have poles attached to them for support. When you think that there are 4000 Dahlia roots planted, it must be a tough job. I really appreciate the people who grew these flowers for us to enjoy, and I hope to enjoy them again this year too.

品種(ひんしゅ) variety

株(かぶ) roots

色(いろ)とりどり of various colors

名付(なづ)け親(おや) person who give somebody a name

応募(おうぼ)する apply for

採用(さいよう)する adopt

神秘的(しんぴてき) mysterious

魅力(みりょく)がある attractive

支柱(しちゅう) pole

誘引(ゆういん)する support

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Hajimemashite ! My name is Izumi YANAKA.
Through my work as a System Engineer, I have had the experience of teaming up with foreign members of a team. After seeing the difficulties the team members went through with communication and cultural differences, I got to thinking, "If only there was something I could do to help !" Which was what led me to become a Japanese teacher.

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