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Ume Sumie | by Sumi-e Kazu Shimura
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Ume Sumie

Plum, ume, blossom tells us the spring has come. "Plum blossom, recall me, When it blows in the spring ---" 9th century politician and poet, Michizane Sugawara recites the famous poem, tanka, when he relegated. Some might think it is still cold yet, but that's because we are on the solar calendar now. Only Chinese and Japanese eat plum fruit; pikles, liquerur, candy. Plum pikles on rice is the most known fast food in Japan. The sour taste of plum pikles, ume-boshi, makes our mouths watered.


Plum tree has rugged branches and small pretty flower on those. Cherry blossom move in wind graceful, while plum flower never sway. It doesn't decrease the beauty of plum, but the attractiveness of plum is the umbalaneced, pretty flower on strong branch, like small bird on muscle arm.

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Uploaded on February 16, 2007