MAIBARA, Shiga -- Tiny small white aquatic flowers, which look like plum blossoms, are in full bloom in the clear waters of the Jizo River in this western Japan city.
"Baikamo" flowers are a waterweed species that belong to the buttercup family, and clusters of them grow in clear streams whose water temperatures are around 14 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Depending on the water level, the flowers sway underwater or emerge from the surface.
A smiling Haruka Moriguchi, 7, who was visiting the area with her family, commented, "It's like a field of flowers in the river and is very beautiful."
The flowers are expected to be at their best until August.
(Japanese original by Yuichi Nakagawa, Osaka Photo Department)