Every year from January 20th to March 10th the heady, spicy fragrance of plum blossom fills a beautiful old house called Keiunkan in Nagahama. Before I visited this exhibition of bonsai plum trees, I thought all bonsai were small, but some of the trees were over 2 meters. Even more impressive, some of them were very old, as old as 400 years! The house is only a few minutes walk from Nagahama JR Station, and brochures, directions and tickets can be obtained from the Visitor's Centre at the the station.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 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.