Monday, March 10, 2008

day 71 - sweet & sour plums

On Saturday we went to a beautiful plum forest near Aboshi called Ayabe Bairin. The ume (wild plums, the ones that provide the sour plums often accompanying rice) have just begun flowering in the last week or so. It was a very peaceful atmosphere with mostly family groups spreading themselves over the hillside to relax, picnic and paint or draw the emerging blossoms to the sound of the traditional koto. The weather has become warmer in past few days and people seem to be coming out of their hibernation...

1 comment:

Joanne Gover Yoshida said...

Really nice pictures of ume.
I was looking at your titles, ...and started to wonder "day 71 of what?!!!", so I checked back to the beginning of your blog. Very cool, that its the days that you've been in Japan!
(I just assume that people have lived here forever, as long long as I!)