Directly across from Yokosuka Naval base is a really nice waterfront park that really comes alive during the month of May where it becomes a beautiful European-style rose garden. It was purposely made in plain view of the Yokosuka Naval Ships and as a setting that looks like it came right out of France in order to honor François Léonce Verny; a French man who helped to modernize Japan and who built Yokosuka’s Naval Arsenal.
Just about every foreigner in Verny Park is from the base so I looked absolutely bizarre doing an involved photoshoot in the rose garden. Most foreigners from the base just don’t take pictures of the park (even during cherry blossom season ^^;). The Japanese, however, were out in force and with expensive cameras.
What inspired me to write about Verny Park? I mean, I see it just about every day.
I went into photographer mode because the park reminded me of home. My Grandpa is a gardener and prides himself with his rose garden which also looks amazing in May. Growing up, whenever I went to my Grandpa’s house, I would play in the yard around his rose garden.
I guess you could say, that it was like taking a brief return home with every photo I took….
There were many roses of all different colors in Verny Park. In fact, I’ve never seen so many different varieties of roses in one place before.
This is my favorite shot of the shoot and the most beautiful area of the park.
After taking this photo, a Japanese said to me “They’re beautiful aren’t they?” in Japanese. I understood him and replied in Japanese unconsciously. I think I’ve been here for a good while. ^^;
They were indeed beautiful…..
Even though I’ve been here so long, this is the first time I’ve taken a moment to capture the park on camera. I guess, aside from reminding me of home, it’s also because I’ll miss Japan as well.
When I’m 50 years old, I’ll look back at these photos and will remember what it was like when I was stationed here way back in 2007-2010.
I think it’s important to take photos of the things and places that are important to us because you never know when they may be gone or you will have to leave for good.
I hope you enjoyed my Verny Park photo-walk during the spring time even though it kind of turned into something more self reflective then as a formal article. Still it is a rather nice place to visit if you are also visiting the nearby island Sarushima or the Battleship Mikasa.
From Shinagawa station, take the JR Yokosuka Line to JR Yokosuka station. You will probably have to change trains in Zushi for a train going all the way to Kurihama. As soon as you step outside JR Yokosuka station, you are practically at the entrance to Verny Park
I did not tell her that I was going doing a rose related article today and wasn’t expecting this beautiful illustration so quickly. Thanks again Kenneos. You are a wonderful artist!
Sakura-chan with roses by Kenneos for http://punynari.wordpress.com