A small plum tree with new blossoms stands in the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.
Winter has been cold and long this year, so the plum trees have bloomed later than usual.
Recent events in Tohoku have cast a long, sad, tragic shadow over spring. While relief efforts strive to alleviate the suffering, spring is on its way.
The first sign of that is the plum trees with their pink blossoms and lovely scent.
The best known place in Kyoto for plums is Kitano Tenmangu Shrine; however, the Imperial Palace has quite a few.
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