“Shinano ko ume” or small plums from Shinano (Nagano prefecture)
In my hometown, we do not have cherry blossoms yet, but we have plum blossoms now. Japanese people have a custom of viewing plum blossoms and cherry blossoms in spring. However, plums are used as food not much for viewing in my hometown.
This picture shows “Shinano ko ume” or small plums from Shinano (Nagano prefecture). Umeboshi is a traditional food consisting of preserved plums. But, plums from Shinano are too small to make Umeboshi. So, they are used mainly for making jams.