IZU, Shizuoka -- Iris flowers have reached full bloom at the Shuzenji Nijinosato tourist facility's Japanese garden in this hot spring resort city.
At the garden, about 1,500 Japanese irises of various colors and cultivars are planted beside wisterias and rhododendrons. As butterflies dance around the flowers, pleasant sounds come from the water in the watermill, the chirping of birds, and the warbler's cries. Elderly couples with parasols and lovers holding hands were seen admiring the flowers.
The irises began to bloom at the end of May, about a week to 10 days earlier than usual, and the facility says the best time to see them is in the middle of June.
(Japanese original by Hiroshi Ishikawa, Numazu Local Bureau)