February 28, 2007
I started this month with pictures of ume. I'm ending the month with some, too.
Flower shops and grocery stores sell these branches of ume. During this season, you can see many people carrying them home. They hold them with the branches pointing down. Flowers are carried that way, too.
These branches are used in ikebana, flower arrangements. They are also used as part of the hina matsuri decorations.