It’s plum blossom – or ume no hana season – again! Last weekend I went to Dazaifu Shrine, one of the most famous sites in Fukuoka Prefecture. Students go there every year at New Year’s and before exams to pray for good grades. It’s particularly famous for the many plum trees that cap off winter with their pink and white blooms:
We also dropped by Komyozenji Temple, a lovely, peaceful retreat with a gorgeous Zen garden:
But, if I’m being honest here – and I usually am – the highlight of the visit was this little sale of ume bonsai that we stumbled upon. I didn’t buy one, but I enjoyed the time spent drooling over them. It was also a good distraction from the poor monkey on a rope who was being forced to do tricks for money. 😦 😦 😦
Let’s focus on the flowers, shall we? I think that’s generally a good policy in life.