Bunkyo Ume Matsuri (Plum Festival) - 2019
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Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to Japan
An amazing sight when the approximately 300 plum trees bloom!
Yushima Tenmangu Shrine (Yushima Tenjin) has been beloved since the Edo period as a famous place to view plum blossoms. The precincts, which enshrine Sugawara no Michizane (the deity of scholarship), are an amazing sight when the approximately 300 plum trees – mainly Shirokaga white plums – bloom. Lord Sugawara was exiled to Dazaifu in Kyushu. He wrote a famous poem that read, “Let the east wind blow and send your fragrance / Oh, plum blossoms / Do not forget the spring / Even though your master is gone.” The plums are at their best from mid- to late February each year