It’s a been a gorgeous week here in this part of Japan! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and even the sun seems to be shining brighter. Best of all, the plum trees are blooming!
Plum or Ume Blossoms are sometimes confused with their cherry blossom cousins. They look a bit similar, but noticeably darker and pinker. They also bloom much earlier–the end of February as opposed to the end of March or beginning of April.
In fact, they were apparently the original choice for Hanami, or flower viewing parties during the the Nara period, from 710–794. It’s still a bit cool for sitting out under the trees, so I can understand why Sakura are the preferred blossoms for partying in the park. Still, they are a glorious reminder that spring is truly just around the corner.
The warm weather has led me to being slightly arty, as evidence above (especially that last one!) My creative energies have been a bit dormant lately, so it feels really nice to just play around with layers & colors. These photos were somewhat inspired by Mika Ninagawa, one of my favorite Japanese photographers, and also utilized Hipstamatic. What do you guys think, did they turn out ok?
This is also my very first entry in Show Me Japan. Check it out!