Monday, June 12, 2017

Our Japan 02 - The Ume Blossoms

One of the things on my bucket list for Tokyo was to walk amongst the Ume blossoms, also known as plum blossoms. Japan is well known for its Sakura season (cherry blossoms), however since we arrived too early for them, we got to experience the softly sweet smell of the Ume trees instead. The air was filled with their fragrance and I spent a long time trying to figure out how I would describe their scent to someone so that I could forever encapsulate it in my brain, bottle it up in my imagination. I kept coming back to the word "soft" since they did not have an overpowering scent to them like some flowers do (lilies, roses, jasmine, etc). They smelled fresh and clean, with a hint of a lilac floral (not as strong as lilacs themselves), and the sweetness of a fresh plum fruit - basically the perfect concoction to surround oneself in. And now I feel extremely nerdy that I just took the time to try and describe how the Ume blossoms smelled, but I never want to forget it. I hope you can use your imagination to pretend that you were there with me, smelling them all. 

It was a cute little park and once we got through the trees, we made it to a little market place that was selling Ume tea and pastries. We bought some, as well as a couple of hotdogs, and we made ourselves a picnic amongst the blossoms. Nose, tastebuds, and belly full of Ume, this was a perfect afternoon for a flower lover like me. 

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