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Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture

Bizen City is about an hour’s drive to the east of Okayama City. According to some Japanese friends, it’s apparently an uninteresting place to live. But it’s definitely great for sightseeing because even an Okayama City resident like me would go there almost every season.

Plum Blossoms at Atami Baien in Shizuoka

Plum blossoms or ume (梅) as they are called in Japan were first introduced to Japan from China. They start to bloom during the peak of winter in February here in central Japan which is still a very cold time, but they signal the start of spring and the promise of warmer days ahead.

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