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Tanabe's Ume Culture featured in Kansai Scene

 "Shake Off Winter with the First Blossoms of Spring"
Text: Alena Eckelmann
Published by the Kansai Scene
Jan, 2017



An ocean of plum blossoms heralds the beginning of spring. Time to get ready for your first picnic of the year. ...

In February, plum blossoms are in full bloom at the Kishu Ishigami Tanabe Ume Orchards in Wakayama. More than 300,000 ume trees cover the hillsides that stretch out right to the Pacific Ocean in the distance. The view is breathtaking.

The best way to celebrate this beautiful season at Kansai’s top ume-blossom viewing spot is to rug up, get your bento, and join the locals under the trees.

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