It is gradually turning into spring in Tokyo. New plants are beginning to sprout en masse, and I can feel a new energy filling the air. For the Japanese people, spring is usually associated with cherry blossoms, but right now we are still enjoying plum blossoms. Ume, plum has a fresh and sweet scent than cherry blossoms. In addition, compared to cherry blossoms, ume was often planted in castles and fortless area in Japan because its fruits are edible. I hope this is the year that COVID-19 will be over and the war is over so quickly, and then we can enjoy Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) in peace!
On New Year’s Day, Japanese people flock to shrines and temples. What drive them?