Lily Festival on Ie Island

On Sunday morning my friends and I made the drive to Motobu Port in Nago (my favorite city), where we took a ferry ride to Ie island, host of the Lily Festival every year during April-May. This is third flower festival i’ve visited while on Okinawa and i can assure you you’ll be seeing more posts like this during our time here.

These fishies (Koinobori) were up on one of the pathways in honor of “Golden Week” a celebration of children across Japan leading to Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day), which is celebrated the 5th day of the 5th month. All over the island you can appreciate these lovely koinobori that represent children’s happiness and the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

Can you tell the colorful lilies were my favorites? I couldn’t help but smile when i saw all the rows of bright colored lilies

We walked down a hidden path and found this gem. I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful place. Afterwards we made our way back to Nago, where we had dinner at Captain Kangaroo! It was such a lovely day spent with friends.

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • I'm so jealous that you've all these superpretty flowers to see! I wish they had festivals like that here but I still have hope to see the tulip fields in the Netherlands n_n
    I think I like the white and the pink lilies the most – ah I can't wait to see more (flowery) photos! Are you planning to go to mainland Japan anytime soon?