(*The blog is based on the personal opinion and experience of one of the members participating in the training trip in Japan)
I came back to Japan in early 2023 after 5 years to join the training trip on the occasion of IVC's 20th anniversary of establishment, and it was fortunate that I arrived during the plum blossom season.
The plum blossom season, also known as Ume season in Japan, typically starts in late February and lasts until early April. In Tokyo, the plum season usually peaks around mid-March.
I visited Yushima Tenjin Shrine which was decorated with many beautiful pink and white plum blossoms, and I enjoyed the delicate fragrance and scenery of the flowers.
Yushima Tenjin Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the Bunkyo district of Tokyo, Japan. It is dedicated to the deity of scholarship and learning, Sugawara no Michizane, who is revered as the patron of academics and students.
Upon entering the shrine, I was greeted by a large courtyard filled with plum blossom trees, which were in full bloom during my visit. The cherry blossoms created a beautiful scene, and I spent some time admiring the pink and white flowers that adorned the trees. As I walked further into the courtyard, I saw a large pond filled with koi fish, which added to the peaceful atmosphere of the shrine.
In addition to enjoying the plum season, I also had the opportunity to attend the Ume Matsuri (Plum Blossom Festival), which featured traditional Japanese music, dance performances and food stalls.
In conclusion, my trip to Yushima Tenjin Shrine (especially, plum blossom festival) was a memorable experience that allowed me to learn more about the Japan’s tradition.