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Japanese plum, the first bloom of spring

Japanese plum, the first bloom of spring

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Japanese plum, the first bloom of spring

In the history of Japan, the term “Hanami” (literally “flower viewing”) before the Nara period (710-784) related to the time to the admiration devoted to plum flowers. If the Japanese cherry trees are more popular for hanami, especially among young people, older people prefer the atmosphere of the hanami ume.



The 梅 (ume) (plum), their Japanese name, bloom when winter begins to give way to spring. In the most popular areas such as Tokyo or Kansai, we can often admire in the month of February until around mid-March when the sakura succeed them.



The most famous place of the city to admire the trees is the park plum city of Ome. Some 1500 trees, representing 120 species, including plum with red flowers and plum trees with white flowers, bloom on an area of 45 000 m2, in a sweet, slightly sweet plum.



In a stronger and more remarkable scent, plum paint Japanese gardens and parks in their shade often pink, sometimes pulling white or yellow depending on the species. Most of them consist of five petals.



Some places:

Sumida Park: near the Asakusa district and the famous Senso-ji, this park offers no less than 150 plum blossoms.

Rikugien: one of  most beautiful Japanese garden of the Japanese capital, it offers plum trees around a waterhole.

Koishikawa Korakuen: offering few dozen plum blossoms and a festival at the beginning of February to early March.

Yushima Tenjin shrine:  in the heart of the city of Tokyo, will offer you the opportunity to observe its 300 plum trees, throughout the month of February and part of March.

Hanegi Park: throughout the month of February and early March, it is possible to enjoy the 700 plum trees present on site and Setagaya Ume Matsuri, which takes place during weekends and holidays.

Mukojima Hyakka-in: the flower garden in the heart of the capital attracts lovers of plum trees during the Matsuri which is held every weekend of the flowering season.

Kameido Tenjin Shrine: offers some 200 plum blossoms and with several different shades.

Kitano Tenjin Ushi: a sanctuary offering a large festival around plum garden.

Yoshino Baigo in Ome: definitely the place to see for plum of Japan, since this place is known to be “the plum village” with no less than 25,000 trees.

Baji Koen: horses at the park, built for the Olympic Games in 1964, welcomes both Sakura as Ume.

Kyodo no Mori: an open air museum with several buildings from all eras of Japan, with plum blossoms.

Kyu Shiba Rikyu: in the middle of the surrounding buildings.



Japanese really appreciate fruit for medicinal properties: antibacterial, astringent, carminative, against fever. They also harvest to marinate in salt, giving the famous “umeboshi”. An alcohol whose name calls to mind Japan is produced from a mixture of this fruit and sake: the umeshu. At the end of the fermentation of red shiso leaves are added to give this dark red color, but also many medicinal properties including anti-allergic to pollen.


After the fall of the thousands of Japanese plum petals, comes the flowering cherry trees SAKURA

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