The lotus are just beginning to flower in Arakawa, Chichibu, behind Arakawa Michi-no-eki. My favourite variety is the one that has a sign saying it is a ‘misesu-surokambu’. I always assumed it was named after Mrs. Slocombe in Are You Being Served!
Unfortunately this is not the case. It is a variety created by a Mrs. Perry Slocum in the US, a cross between a yellow and a red lotus. But it will always be Mrs. Slocombe to me!
The garden is also home to fireflies which you can see after dark for a brief period at the end of June and beginning of July.