It’s almost a year since I wrote about o-hanami, the time in spring when Japanese people enjoy viewing the cherry trees in full flower, sit out on the grass under the trees, eat and drink and admire the beauty of the flowers. Now the year has come almost full circle, and it’s almost cherry-blossom time again.
But before the cherry blossom comes the plum blossom, which has its own delicate beauty. Different types of plum trees bloom at different times in late February and early March; some are past their peak while others are only now in full bloom.
Here is a collection of photos, mainly taken by Yuko during the past few weeks.
In Kouzen Park (Sakai city):
In Ooizumi Ryokuchi park:
In a private garden in Kishiwada:
In a private garden near some ancient tombs in Habikino city:
At a temple in Fujiidera city: