We set off the next morning (our wedding anniversary) for a little bit of Holland on the coast of Kyushu, Japan. Who would have thought?
Huis ten Bosch is a recreation of 17th century Holland. The Dutch were the only foreigners allowed to trade with Japan for over 200 years, from 1608 to the mid-1800's, and this theme parks celebrates that special relationship. Since I am 100% Dutch-American and Bonnie is therefore 50% Dutch-American, this was special.
This Disney-like theme park was opened in 1992, and is a lot of fun. The rides were sometimes amazing and sometimes silly. Our favorite was a space movie, which all the spectators 'starred' in. On entering, you have a 3-D facemapping and then your face appears as one of the characters in the film. John was especially prominent as a "Ranger"...you couldn't miss him.
There is even a special train to take one there from Hakata Station in Fukuoka. You can see my reflection in the train window, as I take the photo:
The place is gorgeous! And we were there for the Tulip Festival. You walk in and see this!
We really enjoyed the incredible floral display. Can you tell that I adored all the tulips? Here are some of the things we saw. You really almost felt like you were in Europe...except for all the Japanese employees, speaking Japanese...