Yoshino Baigō Plum Blossom Festival(吉野梅郷梅祭り) was held on the 16th of March in 2014. Plum blossom is one of flowers which herald the start of spring. Yoshino Baigō(吉野梅郷) was selected the most magnificent plum blossom site on questionnaire in 2009 by Nikkei which is one of authoritative newspapers. It’s like saying that Yoshino Baigō(吉野梅郷) gained prestige among professional photographers. Why do I use past tense? Unfortunately, plum pox was found just after crowned. There were approximately 1,700 plum trees at main plum park at the peak in 2009. 500 plum trees were already cut down. However, it couldn’t stop epidemic. The national government ordered the municipal government to cut down all trees after this festival in 2014. Replanting will start in 2017, 3 years later. How long will it take to recover to what it looks nowadays?
Especially cherry blossom lovers often says they wish every flower site is full of cherry blossoms. Considering this incident, it should not be. Basically, flower sites are somewhat artificial. It’s against natural providence. Single variety at one spot cannot survive eternally.
If one is infected, it is a matter of time until infections are rampant.
Seeds drift in the breeze, travel long distance and grow there.Like this, all living things have been preserving its species since prehistoric age.
Anyway, not only at main park but approximately 25,000 plum trees are planted around 4km range from east to west at this town. We can still enjoy its view.
I reached at the nearest station, Hinata Wada Station(日向和田駅) around 9:40AM. I got a leaflet which said that events was scheduled from 10:00AM to 3:00PM. So, I headed to the main park. Staffs served « Amazake(甘酒)/Sweet fermented rice drink » for free at the entrance. Amazake has its history dating back 1,500 to 1,800 years.
It is good for summer lethargy. Its nutrition is similar to intravenous fluid.
That’s why it is said that Amazake is like intravenous drink. Just keep in mind it’s early out of stock. When I was back there around 10:45AM, serving was over.
I got my hopes up how wonderful view would be widespread.
However, even though that was the festival day, most parts were still buds.
It’s a bummer. We had colder days this year. It can’t be helped.
Hiking course was nice. Some visitors had late breakfast at the top.
It was lovely day. I walked around under the radiant sun.
I took some closeup pictures.
2nd or 3rd Sunday on every March
11:00AM – 3:00PM
Click Here: Yoshino Baigo Main Park on Google Map
To Main Park:
15 minutes walk from Hinata Wada Station(日向和田駅), JR Ōme Line(青梅線)