The Kirishima azalea on the Hachijogaike Nakabanki on the approach to Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine in Tenjin 2-chome, Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, has begun to bloom. A nearby woman who visited with an acquaintance said, ''It's beautiful. When it's in full bloom, the trees will be covered in bright red,'' looking forward to the best time to see them.

Articles are excerpts from reports and news in the Kyoto Shimbun. Due to automatic translation, some expressions may not be accurate.