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Thursday, 7th May 2009
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Visit the Iris Flower Festival

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on the Japanese town of Itako for the annual Iris Flower Festival.

The event, which takes place at the Maekawa Iris Garden in June, will feature about one million individual plants representing hundreds of different varieties, reports Whatsonwhen.

During the festival, visitors will be able to enjoy sightseeing tours courtesy of boatmen.

Meanwhile, brides-to-be can sometimes be seen onboard wedding boards as they sail off to meet their grooms.

The location of the festival is a three-minute walk from Itako Station on the JR Kashima line.

Also being held soon is the Atsuta Matsuri festival at the Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya.

The yearly event sees hundreds of spectacularly decorated floats on display at the eastern and western gates of the holy place.

In addition to traditional martial arts and theatrical performances, there will be a fireworks dispay at the nearby Jingu Park.

Written by Graham MacPherson