By Febry Fawzi
When we see on the TV news that this morning glory market and festival is in full swing, all Japanese feel that summer has really come! Morning glories bloom in early July, and so the festival is held from July 6-8 at Iriya, near Ueno. The market was originally started near Iriya Kishibojin (Shingen-ji Temple), and it is part of the temple festival. Besides 100 flower shops, more than 100 food-stands line the street. I really enjoyed the heat and food of the festival. It opens at a very early 6 AM and closes at 9:30 PM. It is a 1-minute walk from Iriya Station on the Hibiya Subway Line or a 3-minute walk from JR Uguisudani Station.
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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。