Source: @TakahiroBessho Weeping Plum Trees Are Springtime Gifts Of Nature That Bloom Even Before Cherry Blossoms 2017-03-27 Mon 2017-04-17 Mon Selected as one of the Top 10 Photographers of the Tokyo Camera Club, Takahiro Bessho has been known to seek out and capture hidden gems of utterly breathtaking sceneries in Japan. While the onset of spring has triggered a rush of early celebrations of the highly anticipated sakura season, Bessho has chosen to await the blooming of cherry blossoms by traveling to the many — but lesser known — spots that boast stunning views of Japanese plum blossoms (Japanese apricot) found throughout the country. Ume flowers bloom earlier than sakura, and those captivated by their beauty visit famous plum viewing areas to feast their eyes on this springtime gift. Many of the most popular locations feature large weeping plum trees that have the appearance of pink fireworks, only they're the gorgeous products of Mother Nature and can be appreciated both during the day and night. Bessho has taken to Twitter to share some of his favorite plum blossoms he's seen so far this year. Even the seasoned photographer, who has no doubt seen a plethora of beautiful sceneries throughout his career, has expressed his sheer amazement at their beauty — and it certainly isn't hard to see why. Nabana no Sato (Mie Prefecture) 三重県「なばなの里」の梅園より。素晴らしく艶やかな梅のライトアップでした。ここ数日は一日ごとに春の気配が色濃くなって来てますね。#梅 #なばなの里 #しだれ梅 #三重 #春 #japan pic.twitter.com/tCv9xxQoxI— 別所隆弘@写真展4/29-5/6ヒカリエ (@TakahiroBessho) 2017年3月5日 Weeping Plum Trees in Yagi (Awaji Island) これほど圧倒的な枝ぶりのしだれ梅を見たのは初めてです。淡路島の「八木のしだれ梅」ライトアップ、現在満開！いよいよ春ですね！#梅 #しだれ梅 #淡路島 #兵庫 #魚眼レンズ #春 #japan pic.twitter.com/8FbZt9D7C4— 別所隆弘@写真展4/29-5/6ヒカリエ (@TakahiroBessho) 2017年3月2日 Mori Garden in Suzuka (Mie Prefecture) やはり鈴鹿の森庭園の「しだれ梅」はちょっと別格でした。本日最高潮、圧倒的な美です。今年の春一番の写真が撮れました。#鈴鹿の森庭園 #春 #枝垂れ梅 #しだれ梅 #三重 pic.twitter.com/OB1odD1zVL— 別所隆弘@写真展4/29-5/6ヒカリエ (@TakahiroBessho) 2017年3月22日 You can see more of Bessho's photographs on Twitter. The photographer will also be presenting a number of his works at the Tokyo Camera Club Exhibition in Hikarie Shibuya from April 28th to May 6th. It's not too late to plan a day-trip to these plum blossom viewing spots either, so if you're still waiting for the sakura to start blooming in your area, you might consider visiting these picturesque weeping plum trees. Source: @TakahiroBessho By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:@TakahiroBessho Tags: Japan / Photography / Plum Trees / Spring / Twitter grape Japan Culture Weeping Plum Trees Are Springtime Gifts Of Nature That Bloom Even Before Cherry Blossoms Related Article World’s Most Intense Green Tea Ice Cream Now In Tokyo In Japan Even People Who Send Death Threats Have a Heart of Gold This Dog Screwed Up A High Five With So Much Class Fan-Made Trailer For My Neighbor Totoro As A Japanese Horror Film Bring Out Your Inner Geisha In This Stunning Kimono Lingerie Set The Thickest Tonkotsu Ramen In Japan!