It’s nearly iris time again here in Japan. I love how Japanese seasons – even specific months or weeks really – can be determined by what’s in bloom. The azaleas are currently ablaze on the hillsides and the wild wisteria are just reaching their end. Still, with a lifelong love of the color purple, I have a special appreciation for irises. Which is why I enjoy this manhole cover from Itako:
You may remember my post on Itako last June. This tiny town is located a two hour train ride east of Tokyo. Normally, there’s not much to draw travelers out here, but flower-loving tourists should absolutely attempt to catch Itako’s iris festival, held every weekend in June. Not only will you see beautiful flowers and kimono-clad dancers, but if you’re lucky, you might catch sight of a traditional wedding party (actors only, sorry) being ferried down one of the city’s many canals.