2022 Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival

The 2022 Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom festival was good. It was an enjoyable day. The weather was great, as were the flowers. Nor was it too crowded. I couldn’t ask for more. Flower photographers had a field day there.

tiger ema votive tablet
2022 was Year of the Tiger so that is what the ema had on them!

While I was at the shrine, the suddenly warm weather was a sign that winter was over. No one was wearing scarves. Heavy coats were nowhere to be seen. Spring had come. The only thing missing was the tea ceremony. There is usually one in the garden, but it might only be on weekends.

Yushima Tenjin was relatively crowded. Even though I visited it on a weekday, many people were there. The food stalls probably appreciated them.

Everything was very sedate as usual.  Plum blossom festivals always are. Everyone seemed to be happy walking among the flowers and taking pictures. The only thing that got them excited was the monkey show.

Yes, Yushima Tenjin always has a monkey show for the festival. When they appear, most people tend to drop what they are doing and watch. Actually, I get the feeling that plum blossoms and these performances go together.

And the main attraction, the flowers? They were in great shape. Most of them were in full bloom. Some hadn’t formed at all, but those were in the minority. There’s no rush, though. That’s the good thing about them. The flowers will be with us for another couple of weeks, I imagine. That is one thing they are superior to cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms exist only a short time, two weeks at most.

I might go to the 2022 Yushima Tenjin Plum Blossom Festival again if I have time. There were a few pictures I didn’t take, and I would like to get them. We’ll see what happens. I need to work, and that restricts my photography.

Yushima Tenjina monkey performance
These events always have monkey shows.

How about you guys? Did you go to a 2022 plum blossom festival? Let us know if you did.

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