April 26, 2011

Shaga (Iris japonica) flowers in Kencho-ji

In every April, one after another the little butterfly-like flowers of Shaga bloom everywhere in Kita-kamakura and let us know that our long-awaited springtime has arrived here at last.

The name "Shaga" means the wooden folding fan which is used in the Imperial Court. This flower is also called Kocho-bana, which means a butterfly flower.

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