Monday, 7 March 2011

Ume Blossoms

The Japanese plum or ume is associated with the start of spring because plum blossoms are some of the first blossoms to open during the year. 

We got to view them during our visit to Kanazawa Kenrokuen and these photos were taken at the Palm Grove Garden there. 
The Plum Grove Garden was landscaped from 1968 to 1969, as part of a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Meiji period. Saplings for the plum grove were gathered from famous places for plum trees such as Kitano Tenmangu shrine, Dazaifu Tenmangu, Yushima Tenmangu and Kairakuen. There are now 200 trees of 20 varieties of plums the in the grove. The dark pink and white blossoms are at their best in March.

I know the photos are a bit wanting but hope you enjoyed them nonetheless. ^^

28 comments:

  1. They are just so gorgeous especially against that blue sky backdrop. Beautiful photos.

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  2. @Poetic Shutterbug,
    Thanks. :)

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  3. I still miss the ume and cherry blossoms in Japan around this time of year. They are just so beautiful after the cold winter.

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  4. @Japan Australia,
    They sure are. I'd love to view both again someday. :)

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  5. Do you like umeboshi?
    It's very salty and very healthy. ;)

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  6. I got warm spring feel from these pictures. :)
    I want to come to make fine English articles like this!

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  7. Nice photo.I can see the neighbor's plum tree from inside my house
    I like umeboshi. ;)

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  8. The photos are beautiful.. It looks dreamy, like something on TV in the 60's.. :)

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  9. cherry blossom in Japan is a magical sight. it makes one feel dreamy looking at such beautiful blossoms.

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  10. @London Caller,
    I don't like them much, but put it in front of my two boys, they can finish them all in a jiffy! Zaini and Raimie love them a lot! ;)

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  11. @bird,
    I'll be waiting for your post then. ^^

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  12. @cocomino,
    Thanks. ^^

    How nice to see those blossoms from your house. Do you plant any?

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  13. @Bella,
    You think so? Betul juga kan? *^-^*

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  14. @LR,
    Cherry blossoms is what comes to mind when people think of Japan, right?

    I should put up cherry blossoms shots afterwards to celebrate Spring arrival. :)

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  15. Beautiful flowers! I want to walk at that garden! : )

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  16. @foong,
    that park is hailed as one of the most beautiful parks in Japan. If you can, you should visit it one day too. :)

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  17. i like these shots v much even more than the trains.. so unmacho of me hahaha

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  18. @bengbeng,
    you appreciate beauty in nature lah... not unmacho! LOL

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  19. Ume blossoms always make me smile, so thank you!
    It got cold here again, so signs of Spring are always appreciated!

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  20. @Ri,
    Happy to know it is appreciated. :)

    Still cold? Oh poor you!

    I myself and lookignf forward to sunning myself by the hotel pool this weekend. Bliss...

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  21. Yeah, they definitely the sign that Spring is coming. Funny, I noticed them in my home area (French South West) a few days ago too. I had never noticed it before (but maybe this is because the last time I was here in March was 13 years ago). :-)

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  22. @David,
    A sign of Spring coming is a happy sign. No?

    Plum blossoms there too for you to enjoy. That must be nice. :)

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  23. Signs of Spring are some of the happiest things (I hate winter as much as war). :-)

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  24. I have never been to Kanazawa and seeing your photos just made me feel like visiting there to see our friends.
    As for your question, what is written on the stone is the title, except I misspelled it. It should be "Yin and Yang" stone. Can you see tip of stones in the pond behind that stone. These two tips are from one big stone beneath water, which represent male and female:)

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  25. @Yoshi,
    Then you should! :)

    Thanks for the explanation. Appreciate it. Am going back to visit that post and look again. :)

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  26. beautiful! I haven't seen those blossoms!

    I missed the first blooms of the cherry blossoms here since we were there in the Phils that time.

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  27. @Ayie,
    Never mind. You can always see the blooms next time (or when you get to Japan) ^^

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