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Japanese plum blossom Festival/梅祭り

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Your image of Japanese flower might be cherry blossom, however Japanese plum blossom are also loved by Japanese people.
It’s because its elegant fragrance makes us feel the sign of coming spring.

It is said that there are more than 300 different species of blossom including from early bloomed ones to late bloomed ones.
Wintersweet will be the earliest bloomed in the middle of December.
On the other hand, late bloomed ones will be in full bloom around the end of March or early April depending on the climate.
These are the information about Tokyo and West Japan.
Plum blossoms in the Northern part of Japan will be usually seen until the middle of May every year.
The colors of the Japanese plum blossoms are various such as white, pink, reddish pink, greenish white and so on.

Plum blossom festivals are held across Japan during this season.
Japanese plum trees are valued not only for viewing but also eating.
Pickled Japanese plums have been very popular since the old days.

For example, Tokugawa Nariaki, the 9th lord of the domain, designed by himself and founded Kairakuen garden in Mito city, Ibaraki prefecture, with the hope that it would be a place where he could enjoy viewing the scenery together with the people of his domain.
At the same time, the fruits from the garden were expected to feed for the people. 
As proof of this, it was said that the garden used to have 8,000 Japanese plum trees at that time.
For your information, there are still 3,000 plum trees remained.

Bamboo forest in Kairakuen garden/偕楽園の孟宗竹林

Given a chance, how about enjoy viewing colorful Japanese plum blossoms and experiencing its elegant fragrance?

【Translation for language learners of either English or Japanese】/英語・日本語学習者向け翻訳 えいご ・  にほんごがくしゅうしゃむ  ほんやく








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