Mizubasho, a spring fairy, has begun blooming about two weeks earlier than usual at Imori Pond in Ikenodaira, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture.
Around 100,000 Mizubasho (Asian skunk-cabbage) plants grow wild around Imori Pond. According to the Myoko Plateau Visitor Center, the Mizubasho began blooming around Friday, the 7th, about two weeks earlier than usual due to the lack of snow and many warm days this year. Currently, the flowers are in their fifth minute of blooming.
On Thursday the 13th, under blue skies, tourists and others enjoyed viewing the flowers and taking pictures around the pond. A visitor from Saitama Prefecture said, “I didn’t think I would be able to see them just then. They are small and cute.
Mizubasho will be at its best next week and can be enjoyed until the end of this month.
Myoko Plateau Visitor Center, Mr. Kobayashi
The best combination of flowing water and Mizubasho (Asian skunk-cabbage) can be seen. The promenade is well maintained, and you can see flowers and birds up close. I hope you will take your time and enjoy your visit.
The wild spring flowers such as “Shojo-Bakama” will start blooming around Imori-ike Pond later in the year.
Video taken last year (April 28, 2022)
■Era and Jimi’s Machiaruki Ikenodaira version