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Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.

Japanese-styled Totem Poles Spotted in an Athletic Sport Park

Last weekend, we brought the kids to Nagareyama City Sports Park (流山市総合運動公園). We wanted Fireball to try out the obstacle course in the Athletic playground. To my surprise and delight, we met many interesting totem poles around the park’s open space.Japanese Park Totem PolesSeeing these carved wooden poles reminded me of the Waterfront Geelong Bollards by Australian Artist Jan Mitchell. I missed the chance to check out her brightly-painted bollards when I went to Melbourne in 2008. Fortunately, my husband was visiting a friend there, so he took pictures of all her remarkable bollards on my behalf.

The totem poles were placed in the park in 1991, for the first and only Nagareyama Totem Pole International Tournament Opening Exhibition (流山トーテムポール国際大会開催). Initially, they have 87 totem poles and one of them was 21 meter high, which made it the tallest totem pole in Japan. Unfortunately, it rotted and had to be removed in 2008. Many of the totem poles also suffered the same fate, so there is about 50 of them left.

Park Information & Other Attractions

There are tennis courts and a baseball field, which require reservation.Nagareyama Shi Park
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
(Based on Sport Facilities’ opening hours)
See Official Website for more information.

Admission Fee / Car Park

Address 〒270-0135 千葉県流山市野々下1丁目29-4

Athletic Playground

Nagareyama Athletic ParkThere is a wide range of obstacles to challenge any 3-9 year olds. 5-year-old Fireball had a great time (as usual). While 2-year-old Twinkle-Bell, had the swings, slides and wooden horses to keep her occupied.Children obstacle course

Steam Locomotive (D-51)

It struck me as odd when I noticed tall fence surrounded this particular Steam Locomotive. According to a sign near it, I learnt that the D-51 had non-alarming traces of asbestos. The fence is a safety preventive measure to deter anyone to get too close to the SL. Hmm, if it’s up to me, I’d remove the SL from the park for good, since the place is filled with so many little children. Sigh, I guess the park authorities really love their trains!D51 Train

Bird Watching

According to the board below, Nagareyama City Park is a home to these wild birds.Nagareyama City ParkWe did not see any birds, but we sure had a great time there.

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This entry was posted on April 30, 2015 by in Kid-Friendly Places, Life in Japan, Places / Travel and tagged , , .
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