Glorious Plum Blossoms at Expo Park

Plum Blossoms 40% in bloom at the Plum Festival

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

On February 2012, I visited the annual Plum Blossom Festival held at the Natural and Cultural Gardens inside Expo Commemoration Park.

At this time of year, photographers can't wait for spring any longer. They feel the urge to get out their cameras and take photos, only to be disappointed that it is still winter. It always happens when the desolate, colorless winter is almost over. Then spring arrives and plum blossoms bloom in unison.The warm spring breeze carries sweet scent of plum blossoms. Photographers enjoy photographing them with blurry backgrounds created by the hazy spring air. Expo Park is only 10 minutes drive from my home. Taking photos of plum blossoms there is one of my spring pleasures!


Plum Blossom Festival at Expo Commemoration Park
1. Tower of the Sun and Plum Blossoms
2. Glorious Plum Blossoms at Expo Park
3. Lost Property on a Plum Tree Branch

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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