Since moving to Katsushika (one of Tokyo’s northern wards) last September, I’ve spent a lot of time walking by the river in Mizumoto Koen (Park), not far from my new home. The park is particularly lovely on sunny days, when flocks of ducks swim in the Edogawa (Edo River), and sometimes kids fly kites — you can see one in the picture below, on the far side of the river – which is technically in neighboring Chiba Prefecture. This afternoon, while walking in the park, I noticed a pair of ume (plum) trees beginning to bloom – a traditional harbingerRead more
Makuyama, Blooming Trees, and Soft Serve: Yugawara’s Ume Festival
Last weekend (February 26), I headed south to the town of Yugawara, in Shizuoka Prefecture, to climb a mountain and attend an ume matsuri–a festival dedicated to the blooming plum tree blossoms (known as ume in Japanese).Read more
“Springtime in Japan” conjures mental images of sakura – cherry blossoms – but in reality, the first colorful harbingers of spring are the ume (plum, or Japanese apricot), and the beautiful blossoms have now arrived once more.Read more
The Ume That Almost Weren’t . . .
Last week I went hiking in Tochigi Prefecture, three hours northeast of Tokyo, in search of more summits for the 100 Summits Project and, perhaps, to see some ume (plum) blossoms, which herald the arrival of spring here in Japan. I found the mountains. However, the ume tried to elude me. Did I find them? Click over to Murder is Everywhere and see…Read more