Plums are a commonplace in Japanese cuisine. Of course there is plum juice, but there is also plum candy, sour pickled plum, and notably in it’s own widely popular plum wine, ume-shu.
Right as winter transitions into spring, the flowers of plum trees across Japan blossom. While not nearly as ubiquitous or popular as the iconic cherry blossoms, plum blossoms are a beautiful precursor to spring, a nice preview to get you ready for the main event.
The trees are modestly sized, as are the flowers. The colors range from completely white, to an incredibly saturated pink, a color that cherry blossoms can never attain.
Plum trees are scattered around and not particularly easy to find. They are often grown just for their fruits instead of their flowers. However, just across the moat of Osaka Castle, on its park grounds, there’s a beautiful grove of plum trees, attracting much deserved attention.
Families enjoy walking beneath the trees and amateur photographers excitedly bounce from tree to tree, catching birds and sunlight with their lens.
The colors were especially vivid against the bright, blue sky. I tried to keep these photos as unaltered as possible, the color of the blossoms were really this intense.
It’s ideal to travel to Japan and see the cherry blossoms, but if due to weather or planning your just a little early, plum blossoms are a nice consolation prize.