Prejudging took place under rainy skies this morning. This year’s judges (from left, Pascal Garbe, Drew Becher and Bob Sweet) along with note takers and umbrella holders questioned each designer and then sent them off while they discussed their creations. “A Prayer for World Peace through Gardens and Flowers” was this year’s theme — fitting for this green oasis so near Nagasaki.
The expected post typhoon clearing was not in the stars today. Rain fell heavily and made garden photography nearly impossible. Rather then sip tea at the hotel, a few of us ventured out towards nearby Sasebo a twenty minute train ride, searching for a taste of real Japan.
Once there, we aimed for the old city perusing fruit markets and fish stands trying to decipher menus. Found this gent feeding his costumed ferret at a busy intersection of alleys. We both tried for conversation but didn’t get far.