Yoshida Park, Flowers (and Skating)

Go for it, dude

 By James Holford   Aug 29, 2012

Often a skate park is where you find it, and this is a wonderful place to cruise and carve. I dutifully read the long list of rules and 'no skating' was not among them. Excellent, the surface is smoother than meets the eye with some undulation and several well laid-out trails that bring you back to a central square.

There were hardly any people there. I asked a park-keeper about this and he assured me on the weekends it is packed. It must be a great place for couples: she can skate around while he enjoys the flowers. I probably can name about five different flowers, but they're everywhere here, done up in creative and inspiring presentations. In the spring time, after a light rain, it must be glorious.

After I enjoyed the flowers, I went off to practice my Houston and Tokyo shuffles. The first time I bladed was on the Chicago lakefront. With a strong wind at my back, I turned to look for my companions, tripped over something and stumbled out into the middle of four-lane traffic. My terrified, frenetic, bizarre, movements to make it back were an endless source of amusement, and I assume relief, to my 'friends.'

I noticed Japan has a lot of concrete surface so I decided I would give it another whirl, but Japan also has a lot of cars which can make it dangerous. At the park, you are in a safe environment. Even the water exhibits have what look like railroad ties bordering them- you would have to really be cruising to fall into one of those. They also contain wildlife such as shy waterfowl, colorful Japanese carp, and what I thought was a huge, living bullfrog. I watched it but couldn't discern if it was breathing.

The predominant feature of the park is a few-hundred meters square, soft grassy area where all sorts of activities would take place on the weekend, or is just the place to lie back, gaze up at the sky, and chillax.

The park is located a stone's throw away from where the Ooigawa river empties into the sea. It is most easily accessed by car or bicycle. Head south on Route 150 and cross the long Ooigawa bridge. After leaving the bridge, turn left at the second intersection, about 400 meters away, and follow the side road. You'll soon see a sign that tells you the park is one kilometer further on.

Written by James Holford
Japan Travel Member

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