The Almost Spring Day

Oh I love that I can feel spring just around the corner!

How do I know, you ask?

Because the pretty plum blossoms
have started blooming in my neighbor's yard.

We call plums Ume in Japanese.

And plum blossoms blooming in Japan
is a sign that spring is coming!

(Ume Ichirin Ichirin Hodo No Atatakasa)
(haiku about how every plum blossom brings the warmth closer)

- Hattori Ransetsu (1654-1707)

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