As well as hydrangeas, lilies are also associated with the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan. Lily - yuri - in Japanese is also a girl's name but as unfashionable now as Lily in English is at the moment.
We came across these beautiful, sweet-smelling specimens on the quiet road in the old town leading to Inuyama Castle.
Japanese lilies can grow as tall as 1.5m and are carefully cultivated by gardeners either in pots outside houses or in family allotments.
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