Plum trees bursting with color proudly announce that spring is (slowly) arriving to our fair city.
Right by my station there is a trio of very pink ume, which brighten up the landscape every March. They are so perfectly balanced that they almost look fake, and contrast beautifully with the light green stripes on the Toyoko line trains as they zip by.
I appreciate the ume blooming despite the cold winds, bringing the reminder that plum and sakura flavored goodies will soon crowd shelves and menus across Tokyo.
Not far from my house there is a secret bairin (plum orchard), which I wrote about for Deep Japan. Check it out from here.