Mid Feb
Late Mar
Trailing sprays of pink weeping plum

Plum Blossom at Jonan-gu in Kyoto

Shinto shrine with a garden to inspire poetry

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read
Venue: Jonangu Shrine When: Mid Feb - Late Mar 2021
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Jonan-gu is a Heian Era Shinto shrine that was built in 794 when the court moved from Nara to Kyoto. It is famous for a Heian style poetry event called Kyokusui-no Utage, held twice a year in the beautiful garden in spring and autumn. A camellia and weeping plum festival takes place at the shrine in February and March. These photos were all taken in mid-March when the shrine is full of plum blossom. Maybe the gorgeous plum blossom will inspire you to write poetry!

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.

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Elena Lisina 2 weeks ago
Cathy, the first photo is just wonderful!
Kim B a month ago
How stunning! I can understand how it would inspire poetry!
Jeradyne Cheong 4 years ago
The weeping plum trees look so pretty!