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Dragon made of hydrangea flowers displayed at Kyoto temple

This photo taken May 31, 2021, shows some 600 pots of blue, white and red hydrangea flowers displayed on stone steps at Mimuroto temple in Uji in Kyoto Prefecture to represent a rising dragon. (Kyodo)

KYOTO (Kyodo) -- Six-hundred hydrangea flower pots arranged in the shape of an ascending dragon were displayed Monday at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto Prefecture, western Japan, with a wish for a swift end to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Pots of red, white and blue hydrangea flowers in full bloom were placed on the 60 stone steps leading to the main hall of the Mimuroto temple in Uji to trace the shape of a dragon climbing up in search of a gem. Visitors can see the flower dragon until around June 10.

    The design was inspired by a mandala in the temple, which includes a dragon and a wish-fulfilling gem.

    "We want visitors to come to see the dragon, praying for an end to this pandemic and economic recovery," said Kokyo Itami, 78, chief priest of the temple.

    Around 20,000 hydrangea plants of over 50 varieties are grown in a garden of the temple, which is also famous for lotus and azalea.

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