The “2011 Flowers and Greenery: Nonoichi Camellia Festival ” (花と緑ののいち椿まつり2011) welcomes the spring by celebrating the end of tsubaki season.
The festival will be held on Sat., 19 March 2011, from 9:00-17:00, and Sun., 20 March 2011, from 9:00-16:00 at Forte (フォルテ).
I attended this festival last year, and it has a great atmosphere. There’s a variety of delicious foods–homemade jams, sekihan, camellia manju. The ikebana (生け花) exhibit showed a variety of gorgeous and creative arrangements that showed the dynamic range of the camellia. I participated in the origami activities, too, and made some decorations for my rather spare apartment.
Nonoichi Town Cultural Center “Forte”
From Kanazawa Station:
Go to east exit (東口) bus stop #9, take either the #40 toward 南松任 Minami Matto or the #41 toward Chiyono New Town (千代野ニュータウン) or Terai Public Office (寺井庁舎前). Get off at Taiheji (太平寺). Takes 30 minutes, 340 yen. Forte is a one minute walk from Taiheji (太平寺). Bus schedules here.
From the JR Nonoichi Station:
Exit the JR Nonoichi Station via the South Exit (南口)
and take the green Notti bus #25. Takes 13 minutes, 100 yen.
From the Hokuriku Ishikawa Line (北陸鉄道石川線):
Get off at Koudai-mae Station 工大前駅 and take the red Notti bus #26. Takes 13 minutes, 100 yen.
Website: Nonoichi Town Website includes a map (Japanese)
2010 post on the camellia festival.
Leah Zoller is a second-year CIR in Anamizu and the editor of this blog. Nonoichi is one of her favorite places to eat.