A place that welcomes you and shows a different look
Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park is a place where you can take a walk or enjoy a homemade experience in the tranquil scenery of the satoyama. Mr. Okayama, who is in charge of sales, introduced the favorite place this time in a vast site equivalent to 20 Nagoya Domes. Mr. Okayama, who knows the park, chose a quiet corner from a busy street with shops.
Favorite place: Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park, Shirakawa Tea Factory Okayama Koji (Gif Seiryu Satoyama Park)
A special seat where you can enjoy the seasonal scenery quietly
Mr. Okayama headed to the “Shirakawa Tea Studio”, which has a thatched roof that sits quietly in the right side of the street through the tea gates. Mr. Okayama slowly sat down on a bench placed outside the workshop and murmured.
"When I sit in this place in the morning, my heart is calming down."
Mr. Okayama says that he often goes to various places in the country, including sales work, Nagoya and Osaka. Occasionally, on a working day in the park, it is customary to stop by this place early in the morning before opening and take a break.
“This place has a green tea plantation in front of it and trees behind it. If you look around a little, you can see seasonal flowers blooming in the flower garden, and you can see trees in the mountains that wrap the whole. I like to see the scenery with a lot of space.Look, the sky will be wide.I think this park has a pleasant feeling that is not in the city, every time I sit here. "
Surely, this is a place where various scenery looks like a cocoon. The sky can be felt wide because there is nothing that obstructs the view due to the tea plantation. In addition, a variety of green colors, from vivid greens to greens that are close to yellow, to greens with a bit of astringency, appear to overlap each other, fascinated by the delicate colors of plants.
Although you can see the workshop of the handmade experience and the roof of the store, the voices of the visitors are not heard at all because it is across the field. The only sounds that reach the ears are the screams of insects and the subtle sounds of leaves swaying in the wind. Although it shouldn't be that far from the busy street, it feels quiet and very strange.
“Especially during a busy period, I'm afraid of thinking in this quiet place. Actually, I sometimes come here for a while and take a deep breath. I feel refreshed when I spend time in Japan, and I'm thinking "Let's do our best again!"
Meet the beauty of the moment at any time
This Shirakawa tea workshop and tea plantation welcomes tea farmers in Shirakawa every year during the spring new tea season, and hands-on tea leaf picking and tea making processes are held for general visitors. The place where the workshop is held. This very quiet place is crowded with many people only on that day. It is also the seasonal scenery that Okayama is looking forward to once a year.
“Shirakawa tea is a special product of Gifu Prefecture that is characterized by low astringency and mild sweetness. There are not many opportunities to pick the leaves by hand or experience part of the process of making tea. Every year, a lot of parents and children participate, and the tea leaves that just came out in spring are soft and beautiful in color and have a very good scent. ''
Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park is unique in that it offers manufacturing and farming experiences. Not only can you enjoy the beauty of the plant with your eyes, but it is also unique here that you can touch it with your hands and learn about traditional processing methods.
By the way, when is Okayama-san's favorite season to spend here? Okayama-san said, “Well, I can't choose…” (laughs). "It's nice to cool down in the hot summer, and in the early summer there's a beautiful hydrangea, so it's also good! Look at the sky that gradually fades red at dusk, regardless of the season No, it ’s good, every season, every time there ’s something good. ”
The usually quiet tea workshop is a place where you can meet different beauty, depending on the season, time, and weather. And it will be a place that will welcome Okayama calmly at any time.
Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park is recommended to take a leisurely stroll as if visiting a rural village. Like Okayama, you can find your favorite place, look at the scenery, feel the wind, and listen to the sounds of birds and insects. If you take your strength and leave yourself there, you should be able to relax and relieve your tension and fatigue. It may be a good idea to visit with the feeling of taking a deep breath without having a purpose.
Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park Sales representative.
He was in charge of sales of this park from 2014, when it was “Heisei Memorial Park (known as Showa Village in Japan)” before the renewal. In order to make many people know the charm of Gifu Seiryu Satoyama Park, they are visiting regardless of the prefecture. I have a lot of work to go out, but every time I return to this park, I feel the comfort of this park full of nature.
Text / Gifpa Editorial Photographer / Yoshisuke Shimizu
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