The wait has been a long one, but after teasing us for a few weeks, spring has finally arrived in Tokyo. Noticeably warmer temperatures are obviously a sign, but perhaps even more than that, the fragrant and blooming plum blossoms prove it’s the real deal. A sight that’s beautiful in itself, but arguably even more so for what it represents — and represented.
I always thought the opening of the plum blossoms more significant than the much touted sakura fireworks display.
Where I lived up in Gunma, the plum trees would often push out their humble white flowers while the ground was still swathed in snow. But you then knew that the warmer weather was on its way.
Oh and they have a delightful scent.
As always, thanks for the great pics.
Thank you very much.
Yes, it’s a real sign that change is here, or at least very close. One that’s always so welcome too.
It was interesting. When I took the shot in the early afternoon there was a faint scent, but we ended up staying there til it went dark, and by then it was very noticeably stronger. Now admittedly by that point the booze was affecting certain senses, but pretty sure not my sense of smell!
Hans ter Horst says
Cool shot! There is more snow forecast for today here in Luxembourg, I guess we have to continue dreaming of Spring a little longer. I have plenty of Infra Red film lined up to shoot but that works best with lots of sun and young, fresh leaves on trees. A little longer….
If it’s any consolation, it’s back to being chilly again today…
Be patient just a little longer. With all that film waiting, you’ve got even more to look forward to. It’ll be doubly good when it does arrive!
I wish I can see the plum blossoms in my area too. But no… 🙂
There’s quite a lot on display here in west Tokyo. You won’t have to wait much longer.
Question: does everything blooming cause major allergy problems there? I know in the Southeastern United States, allergy sufferers stend to have to stay inside for months at a time because of such a high pollen count.