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Photo Journal: Purple rain

Japanese irises that symbolize the rainy season are in full bloom at Horikiri Shobu-en (Iris Garden) in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward on June 5, 2017. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced on June 7 that the southwestern island of Shikoku and the Chugoku, Kinki, Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions on the island of Honshu had all entered the rainy season. The announcement came two days later than average for Shikoku, one day early for the Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions, and roughly on time for parts of Chugoku and Kinki. Also on time are the approximately 200 different types of white, blue and purple blooms of the 6,000 iris bulbs planted at Horikiri Shobu-en (Iris Garden). The garden has been a famous location for viewing irises since the Edo period, and according to staff, the flowers can be enjoyed until the middle of June. Admission to the garden is free and inquiries can be made to the Katsushika Ward parks management office at 03-3694-2474 (in Japanese). (Mainichi)

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