In June, more than 2000 iris flowers are in bloom at the inner garden of Meiji Jingu (Shrine). The garden was originally part of a Daimyo’s residence in the Edo era (1603-1868). But after the Meiji Restoration, it was put under the Imperial Household Agency. Emperor Meiji built a teahouse and arbors, and planted various iris flowers here.
I went to this iris garden in the early morning after a rain. A misty fog still hung on at the approach into the shrine, and the fresh air poured into my body. It was very beautiful with the morning dew sitting on the delicate petals of blue and purple iris.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。