Even though I've lived in Tsukuba for many years, I have yet to see a blueberry bush. Nevertheless, the underutilized International Congress Center Epochal in Tsukuba will be the site for a large conference on blueberries beginning Friday evening, June 30 and continuing through Sunday, July 2.
Of interest to the casual observer will be the various blueberry products that will be available for sale in the lobby and in the plaza of neighboring Takezono Park beginning at noon on Saturday. Various breads, muffins, cakes, etc. baked with blueberries, blueberry jams and juices, and even blueberry bushes will be on sale.
There are, apparently, a couple of blueberry farms in the area, and convention is offering tours where you can go and pick your own blueberries, for a fee, of course. For 3500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children, you can eat all you want of the blueberries you pick plus take home a 600 gram box. A bus leaving from the center at 1 pm both Saturday and Sunday will take participants to two different blueberry farms, returning by 3 pm. Reservations are needed for this event. The email address to use for inquiries is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone inquiries are handled through the city hall number of 36-1111.
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