Plum Blossoms and the Coming of Spring in Japan

Although much of Japan is currently up to its eyeballs in snow (an unusually rough winter in Japan this year), spring is or at least should be around the corner. During my many years living in the Kansai region of Japan, normally the coming of spring would be marked by the arrival of various blossoms (I’m sure it will be again this year…maybe a little later than in the past).

Near the end of February, the plum (ume) blossoms first appear. Then the peach (momo) and finally the cherry blossoms (sakura). In some places, you might even see almond blossoms around the same time as the plum blossoms.

To get the Just Japan Stuff readers and Just Japan Podcast listeners in the spring spirit, I went through my Instagram back catalogue and pulled some nice plum, almond and peach blossom photos for you guys to enjoy!

Peach blossoms in Akashi Par in Akashi, Japan. 
Plum blossoms in bloom at Ikuta Shrine in Sannomiya in Kobe, Japan. 
Almond blossoms blooming near the Portopia Hotel on Port Island in Kobe, Japan. 
Peach blossoms at the end of their time. 
Plum blossoms blooming on Port Island in Kobe, Japan. 
Plum blossoms blooming on Port Island in Kobe, Japan. 
Plum blossoms in Minato no Mori Park in downtown Kobe, Japan. 
Plum blossoms in Minato no Mori Park in downtown Kobe, Japan. 


Hope these photos helped thaw you out a little bit wherever you are in the world!



The writer/photographer:

Kevin O’Shea is the host of the Just Japan Podcast. He is also the guy behind Kevin is a Canadian educator who lives in Beijing, China with his family. Kevin called Kobe, Japan home for 10 years. 

Follow him on Twitter: @jlandkev

Instagram: @jlandkev




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