Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a chance to see the Ume Blossoms outside Osaka Castle.
I went to an International Picnic in the park around the castle.
(here is a very bad photo of Osaka Castle)
Ume is the Japanese word for Plum.
Ume Plum Blossoms were actually once more preferred than the Sakura Blossoms in the Nara Period (8th century), while Sakura only gained popularity from the Heian Period (794-1185)
Ume Plum Blossom bloom through out Japan from february to March.
Spring is not too far away.
The Picnic was organised by an international group "We are One" , they organise parties in Kyoto and Osaka for the Japanese and international community.
Here are a few photos from the Party.
More Ume Blossoms.
The Party people :D
There were people of many nationalities at this event. I met people from Japan ,Spain , Switzerland , China , Indonesia , Germany and many more.
There were such nice people at the event.I only wish the world could get a long as well as these people.
Our Uniqueness is what make us the same :D
Thanks to everybody who asked me about the Christchurch Earthquake. My family live in Auckland which is at the other end of the country.