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We Are One #44 Ume Plum Blossom Viewing & Picnic @ Osaka Castle Park

English Text by Misako Ozawa
Japanese Text by Naomi Takaoka
Photos by Sadao & Sandra
Photo captions by Tong

After the long and freezing winter of this year, spring seems to be peeking in on our lives here and there finally! Along with it has come the blossoming of Japanese plum trees across the beautiful island country. Blossom viewing is rooted deeply in Japanese history and culture, where people appreciate and cherish beautiful natures. That Ume plum or cherry blossom last only for a month adds up to graceful beauty. 

Thanks to Sandra, Sadao and Carrie for reserving such a big and good location for us. Near the water and flowers.

On February 26th, the sunny and crisp weather brought more than 70 people, young and old, man and woman, Japanese and foreigners all together to We Are One Ume Plum Blossom Viewing & Picnic at Osaka Castle Park to share the pinkish spring scenes with loved friends. I came in late for about an hour, but was able to spot the biggest and crowded group of people among other groups in the park without any 

Not only the beautiful Ume blossom, but also a variety of foods and drinks they brought such as handmade rice balls and sweets satisfied their heart and stomach as “花より団子(hana yori dango)” well explains it! If you are a Japanese beginner, this is a good phrase to remember for this time of the year. It means “Bread is better than the songs of the birds,” as people are usually too busy eating (and socializing) to have time to look at the surrounding flowers. So, it’s maybe flowers that enjoy viewing hungry people! Agree?

I gave up counting but there should be around 80 people.

Hope to see you all at another and now most popular cherry blossom viewing, which I’m sure WAO is going to organize soon!

Igna & Mari

My new friends today: Taiwanese architect, Australian couple, Japanese yoga trainer & her niece, Indonesian student, Hong Kong lady.

Mari, Carrie & Midori. 3 girls, 3 nationalities, can you make a guess?


Obviously we had some young and energetic ladies with us.




続々と参加者がやって来て、おそらく70人、いや、80人は優に超えていたかもしれません。お子様連れ、カップル、Deaf Japanのメンバーの方々も何人かお見受けしました。そして各々が持ち寄った飲み物や食べ物をみんなと分け合い、友達との会話に花を咲かせました。美しく咲き誇る梅をカメラに収めようと一所懸命な方もいらっしゃいました。


しかしまぁ、太陽の日差しが眩しいのなんの…(>_<)。 思わずWAOの看板(意外と軽い)を日よけ代わりに使ってしまいました。(笑) 向きを変えて座ればいいだけの話だったんですけどね。^_^; 

Mondo (Wendu) & JJ




Japan is famous for its Sakura Cherry Blossom in April, however, do you know that Ume Plum Blossom was actually more preferred in the Nara Period (8th century), while Sukura only gained its popularity from Heian Period (794-1185)?

Ume Plum Blossom blooms almost everywhere in Japan from late January to February. Hence, it is a good indication that Spring has finally arrived.

八重野梅 (やえやばい)

On 26th Feb, Saturday, We Are One Japan will be having a Ume Plum Blossom viewing and picnic at Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園) where more than 1000 Ume Plum Blossom trees would be blooming at their fullest. Please bring along some food and drinks to share with everyone, and let’s have an international party under the white, pinkish, reddish Ume Plum Blossom.


Date & Time: 26th Feb 2011 Saturday, 1pm ~ 430pm
Venue: Osaka Castle Park Ume Garden 梅林 (See map below)
Cost: Free
What to bring:
  • Food & Drinks
  • Ground sheets
  • Cameras
  • Families & Friends
RSVP: we.are.one.japan@gmail.com

Note: The event might be cancelled or postponed due to bad weather. If in doubt please check again on this website or contact we.are.one.japan@gmail.com.

 香篆 (こうてん)



2月26日(土)、We Are One Japanは大阪城公園で梅のお花見&ピクニックパーティを開催します。満開時には大阪城公園は1,000本以上の梅の花で埋め尽くされます。みんなとシェアできるような食べ物や飲み物をご持参下さい。白、ピンク、赤色に咲き乱れる梅の花の下でインターナショナルなパーティーをしましょう。
 鹿児島紅 (かごしまこう)

日時:2011年2月26日(土)、1:00 p.m. ~ 4:30 p.m.
場所:大阪城公園 梅林 (一番下にある地図を参照)



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