January 1, 2011

A red Ume (Japanese apricot) flower in Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Ume flowers bloom beautifully during the coldest period of a year and announce the approaching of spring earlier than any flower.

In the flower language of China and Japan, Ume means nobleness and virtue because its pure and delicate flowers bloom splendidly enduring the intense coldness of winter.

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