FUKUOKA -- Marigolds in full bloom at Nokonoshima Island Park in this southwest Japan city are waiting for the park's reopening after the coronavirus state of emergency is lifted.
The park in the city's Nishi Ward boasts some 50,000 marigold plants among other flowers for all four seasons. Though it is temporarily closed due to the state of emergency issued for Fukuoka Prefecture amid the spread of COVID-19 infections, the park is ready to open anytime as staff members keep removing withered flowers and conduct weeding.
African marigolds, whose flowers are as large as 10 centimeters in diameter, are in peak bloom now and are blanketing the about 10,000-square-meter flower field overlooking the sea in yellow and orange. Visitors will be able to enjoy the flowers until late July. During the temporary closure, park staff have been posting photos of the flowers on Twitter.
(Japanese original by Minoru Kanazawa. Kyushu Photo Department)