The month of June corresponded more or less with the sixth month, which was called “Mina-Zuki”, in the old lunar calendar. What does Mina-Zuki mean? It literally means the month of “no water”. There is no unanimous definition of Mina-Zuki; some choose to define it as the time of less water when the rainy season is over.
June is synonymous with the rainy season, which is not welcomed by many people but indispensable for rice farmers. During this gloomy month, people love to see flowers, such as irises and hydrangeas. So, I went to “Yakushi-Ike” park in Machida last Sunday and Monday consecutively and took some photos of those beautiful flowers.
It is said that more than 2,000 irises of various kinds are planted at Yakushi-Ike park.
Two girls dressed in traditional clothes picking flowers. This photo was taken on June 11, 2012.
When these photos of hydrangeas were taken on June 10 and 11, 2012, they were not yet in full bloom.