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Picking Iris petals, Ibaraki, Japan

*Picking Iris petals in a traditional costume, Ibaraki, Japan Copyright: Takero Kawabata

Ume Matsuri [Kairakuen] / Ibaraki.japan / The Kairakuen was a landscape gardening project started by Nariaki Tokugawa. The park opened in July 1842. / "Ume Matsuri" has been held in February and March every year since 1900. / "UME" is a plum.  "Matsuri" is a festival.

Candle light beautifully colored Kairaku-en Japanese garden in Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

The iris pool garden at Tenmangu Shrine, Dazaifu, Kyushu, Japan is brimming full of Iris ensata this wet June morning - right in step with the summer monsoon. Description from botanyboy.org. I searched for this on bing.com/images

The iris pool garden at Tenmangu Shrine, Dazaifu, Kyushu, Japan is brimming full of Iris ensata this wet June morning. Plants grow in circular cement planters year round. Unsual most are grown in flooded fields in individual pots.

Kairaku-en garden, Ibaraki, Japan 偕楽園

Kairaku-en garden, Ibaraki, Japan 偕楽園 Another one of my favorite places

Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day. Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders: pink lakes, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breath-taking canyons and mountains, and other places you can hardly believe actually exist!

Kochia Hill at Hitachi Seaside Park. Dr Seuss Lorax like gardens, a mini amusement area and unique cycling courses can be found at Hitachi Seaside Park, which is a delightful highlight for anyone visiting Japan.

Dawn in Kamiiso-no-Torii(Shrine Gate), Oarai Isosaki Shrine, Ibaraki, Japan lσvє ♥ #bluedivagal, bluedivadesigns.wordpress.com

Dawn in Kamiiso-no-Torii(Shrine Gate), Oarai Isosaki Shrine, Ibaraki, Japan - we saw this often as Oarai was "our beach"

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