A festival featuring hydrangeas kicked off at a Tokyo museum on June 9, when the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that the rainy season had started in the capital.
The 10,000 or so hydrangeas in the grounds of the Kyodo-no-Mori museum in the western suburb of Fuchu come in around 30 varieties.
Many visitors were taking photos of blue and purple hydrangeas in full bloom in front of a reconstructed merchant’s house on the museum grounds. The traditional Meiji Era (1868-1912) structure is a popular spot for snapshots.
The festival includes an annual contest of haiku featuring hydrangea. Also, rice cakes created to look like the flower are served at a museum tearoom.
The flowers will likely be in full bloom until late June. The festival runs through July 8. The museum is closed on Mondays.
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