Visitors marvel at a lovely tulip garden that is basked in sunlight in an unknown park in 1950s Holland. The tulips have been carefully looked after and sprout in a rectangular plot of land in the center of the park. Well-trimmed grasses surround the flower bed, and several tall, gangly-looking trees grow throughout the park. Sunlight filters through their branches, casting a veil of sunlight over the park and creating a pleasant atmosphere for the visitors to enjoy a casual afternoon stroll.
Because of the country's beautiful flowers and the level of care put into their growth, Holland has received the reputation of being the “flower shop of the world”. In fact, it was in the 16thcentury when its flower industry first began. The country imported tulips from the Ottoman Empire and expanded their market during the country's Golden Age. The beautiful tulips were greatly praised in various forms of artwork and festivals, and their admiration only continues to grow today.
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured throughout our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.