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72 Seasons

During this season, the iris flowers bloom beautifully around the water. In Heian literature, what was referred to as "ayame" meant the "shobu (acorus)", which is part of the arum family of plants. Since the Edo period, "ayame" has come to mean the Siberian iris, which is part of the iris family. The "kakitsubata (rabbitear iris)", looks so similar to the "ayame" that the phrase "it could be "ayame" or "kakitsubata"" is an idiom used to refer to two things that are difficult to tell apart.
©Utsukushii Kurashikata Institute


Minister Yamamoto and Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, General Chatchai Sarikulya, signed the Joint Statement on Efforts to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.
(May 31, 2017)

MAFF Pamphlet

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Publication : December 2015