Plum is Starting to Blossom in Kyoto
desktop background image of a pink plum blossom and a red plum bud about to bloom, at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan  --  I'm Plum Tuckered Out after taking 803 photos at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan  --  Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮)  --  Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl,  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on when used online)
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I'm Plum Tuckered Out
after taking 803 photos at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan
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It's still quite early for plum blossoms, but having apparently been quite confused, I went to the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮) today expecting them to be in their prime. Most trees were still bare, but there were still ample blossoms to be found here and there.

I seem to have bad luck with this temple... my first visit five years ago resulted in a blog post titled “Late to the Party: Plum Blossoms at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine”, where I talk about how past their prime they were.

Then the next year I stopped by in January expecting to find nothing, but found a few blossoms: “Kyoto Plum-Blossom Status Report: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine”.

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