Lotuses bloom in July and August, and there are many places to go and view them. I headed off to my favorite park in Machida, Yakushiike Park, to take some photos. The lotus pond is located at the lower end of the park. Unfortunately there weren't many of the huge pink blooms, but somehow it made the ones I did find all the more exquisite.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine 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.