Plum blossoms begin to bloom
In Japan, Hanami means
to see cherry blossoms. Japanese people image cherry blossoms when they listen to the word " Hana".
We can see other "Hana" at Kitano-Tenmangu in Kyoto from the end of February to middle of March.
The god of study, Sugawarano Mitizane loved plum flowers.
He left a song to plum trees means " Don't forget to bloom and smell on spring after I leave here".
Because Sugawara losed the political conflict and had to leave Kyoto to Dazaifu(Fukuoka prefecture).
We can enjoy blooming and smell of many many plums at Kitano-Tenmangu today.
There are about 50 kinds of plums and 1500 trees. Color of plums are red and white.
They are the same beautiful as when Michizane loved it.