Ume blossoms at Umenosato, Koriyama, April 5, 2017. (郡山 の 梅の里 やっと梅が見頃です 2017年4月5日)

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Ume blossoms at Umenosato Farm have finally come to their best time. Photo above is a view of snow-capped Adatara Mountains from Umenosato today. The bloom was two weeks later than the last year. Umenosato is a large ume farm with about 10,000 ume trees located in the northern Nishitamachi district of Koriyama City. The farm produces umeboshi or pickled ume, a traditional Japanese daily foodstuff.

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A family was having ume viewing picnic under a spring blue sky.

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Combination of white and red ume flowers shine beautifully under the sun.

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Thanks to a high pressure system over Fukushima today, there were no clouds on Adatara Mountains as shown above.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Ume blossoms at Senshoji Temple, Iwaki City, Mar. 25, 2017. (専称寺 の梅 いわき市 2017年3月25日)

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(Ume blossoms at Senshoji Temple, Iwaki City, March 25, 2017. 専称寺 いわき市 梅 2017/3/25)
Today I visited Senshoji Temple in Iwaki City. The old temple was established back in 1395. It is known as one of ume blossom sites in Fukushima Pref. with its several hundred ume trees. A photo above shows its bell tower building which stands in the precinct surrounded by ume blossoms.

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A description above is of the temple and the bell tower. Some of the temple buildings were designated as national important cultural assets. But they had suffered damage from the great East Japan earthquake. Repair work for the main building (hondo) and others is on the way. For this reason, the garden is open to the public only on 25th and 26th of March this year.

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Another photo of ume blossoms in the garden is shown above.

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This is a close-up view of ume flowers.

The location of the temple is about 1-hour walk to the east from JR Iwaki Sta. Please look at the map below.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Ume blossoms at Hanamiyama Park, Mar. 19, 2017. (花見山 の 梅 です 2017年3月19日)

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Ume blossom season has started in Fukushima Pref. in March. As the 1st of ume series in this blog, I visited Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima City today. Hanamiyama, often referred to as a “paradise on earth”, usually shows its magnificent beauty during April, when most of the flowering trees such as a variety of cherry trees, flowering peach, magnolia, forsythia, and others bloom altogether. But during March, ume blossoms bloom before that as shown above. The photo shows white ume blossoms with the background of snow-capped Ide Mountains far away. Ume blossoms are a kind of quiet and plain compared to cherry, but they surely tell us that the spring has come.

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Another photo is shown above in which central part of Fukushima City with Mount Shinobu on the right is overlooked from a slope of Mount Hanamiyama.

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Pink ume blossoms can also be seen along the walking trail as shown above.

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Map and flower description boards which stand in the park are shown above. Local flowering tree farmers kept planting their trees on the mountain slope for a long period of time and this created a large flower blooming attraction in the season. The farmers open their land to visitors. The site is 14-minute local bus ride from JR Fukushima Sta. (Shuttle bus service is available during April.)

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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