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Ayabeyama Plum-grove Park (Slope Covered with Blooming Plum Trees)
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This is a panorama taken in a Japanese plum-grove in Tatsuno, Hyogo.

The plum grove is called Ayabeyama, where lots of people visit for plum blossom viewing in March.

Japanese plum (we call them "ume") blossoms are similar to those of cherry, but the colors are different.

Ume blossoms have two colors, pink-red and white.

Another difference between cherry and Japanese plum blossoms is the way they are born.
Cherry trees bear blossoms on a small subbranches. However, ume trees bear blossoms on a large straight branches.

70 % of plums are used to produce Umeshu (plum sake) and the rest for Umeboshi (Preserved plums which is a traditional Japanese food).

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Uploaded: 16/03/2013
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