japanese plum tree

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Together by Eriko

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JLPT: N1

School Grade: 4th (9 years old)

This character is a combination of 木 tree and 毎 every/each. One explanation is that here 毎 is simply a phonetic element expressing “big,” giving “big tree.” In this case, the meaning of “plum/plum tree” came about as a borrowing. Another explanation claims that 毎 is being used in its early sense of “fertile growth,” and that the plum was a favorite fruit of pregnant women and therefore associated with pregnancy and procreation/fertility. This would mean that 梅 literally means “tree of fertility,” or a “plum tree.”

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Plant of the Day

Monday 27 March 2017

In Osaka Castle, Japan, the garden of Prunus mume cultivars (Japanese apricot, Japanese plum) was flowering. These distinctively pruned small deciduous tree were producing a haze of white and pink flowers. These become highly-scented flowers as they warm in late winter and early spring sunshine and occasionally they are followed by edible but bitter, yellow fruits. Unfortunately I could not read the Japanese cultivar names but they were still beautiful and inspiring the local artists.

Jill Raggett

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三天神社の一つ、
鎌倉の荏柄天神社。
もう梅の花が咲き始めていました。
鎌倉で最も早咲きだそうな。

境内は、
合格祈願の子供達や絵馬でいっぱい。
ちょうどそういう季節なんですね。
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Ume (Japanese plum) trees are blooming in Egaraten-jinja shrine, Kamakura.
Spring has been coming gradually :-)
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(01/23/2017)