The flowers that informer of Japan earliest arrival of spring

I went the "Ogose bairin" where is one of the three major plum grove in the Kanto region.

In the 2 hectare garden, there are a total of about 1,000 trees such as white plums, red plums, and Ogose plums, also including around the this plum grove, 20,000 plum blossoms will bloom.

What is image of plum? maybe images in "Ume-boshi" like below.

Ume-boshi is salted Ume(plums) and it is Japanese traditional food.

I'm think there are people who have eaten Ume-boshi, can see the flowering tree of plum at there.

*Description: The kind of trees that can be harvested fruit are limited.

About the blooming period are different depend on kind of plum but it is one of the flowering trees that signal the arrival of spring earlier than cherry blossoms, which begins to bloom around the New Year or around the Japanese calendar of "Risshun".

And plum blossoms are auspicious and have been loved for a long time.

*Description: Risshun meaning is the day beginning of spring. And it around 3th February.

The best period to see is from mid-February to early March.

This Ogose bairin is located in Ogose, Iruma District, Saitama Prefecture.

Yuzu(citrus) is also famous in this region, so I stopped by a restaurant Otaka for lunch before going to Ogose bairin.

Currently, under the influence of corona, so social distance and virus infection prevention measures are taken. so can enjoy the Udon noodles without worry.