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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Apple blossom


Apple blossom

The cherry blossom season that marks early spring in Japan is famous for its white or pale pink cherry (sakura) blossoms, followed by its dark pink plum (ume) blossom. However, being spring there is much more blossoming than just cherries.

We have a small apple tree (ringo in Japanese) just outside our front door that has blossomed this spring like never before. Its immaculate white flowers blossom almost as profusely as cherry blossom, and are quite similar in shape.

Yes, it's spring, and today is cloudy and drizzly, and half the apple blossoms have come off now - so how about a little haiku to celebrate?

White apple tree
Windswept flowers
Dot the wet doorway

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