Spring is on its way in Japan. The first sign of the approaching warmer weather in many areas of Japan is the arrival of plum blossoms or “ume.”
During the early spring months there are essentially three waves of blossoms. First come the plum blossoms, which are followed by peach blossoms and finally cherry blossoms.
The cherry blossoms or “sakura” are by far the most celebrated blossoms in Japan. Those are the ones everyone likes to have picnics under or parties. That’s known as “Hanami” or cherry blossom viewing parties. More eating and drinking happens than actual viewing and it’s a wonderful time of year to be in Japan.
It’s now the latter part of February in the Kansai region of Japan where I am and the plum blossoms are now appearing on trees throughout the area.
Enjoy some shots I took with my iPhone 6S.
Kevin O’Shea is the host of the Just Japan Podcast and the Just Japan News Podcast. He is also the guy behind JustJapanStuff. Kevin is a Canadian educator who lives in Kobe, Japan with his family.
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