Tsukigase Plum Grove in Nara

Mountain village slowly wakes to spring's embrace

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

Around March 10th in 2012, I visited Tsukigase village, which is famous for its gorgeous plum grove. Tsukigase is located on the north side of Yamato Highland, which borders Kyoto, Nara and Mie Prefectures and spreads over the border of Nara and Iga basins.

When I entered the shadow of the mountains a cold wind froze me. I wondered what the temperature difference was between the shaded and sunlit areas. Tsukigase is on a highland, and it was hard to determine what kind of clothes would fit the climate. They say plum blossoms here bloom half a month later than plum trees in the center of Nara city. With luck, visitors can enjoy the fragrant plum blossoms here till the end of March.

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose