Yakushiike Park is lovely in all seasons of the year. I went there in June, when the long narrow ponds were full of delicately scented blue, white and purple irises. the park is such a beautiful setting, surrounding the iris ponds with hills densely clothed in trees. While I was there I was fortunate enough to see two gardeners who the park brochure referred to as 'iris musume'. I think they were too busy posing for visiting photographers to get much work done!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.