Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fukinoto ・ ふきのとう

One of the sure signs of spring in Japan are the fukinoto, the first plant that comes out in the spring. This plant is translated at “Butterbur” in a dictionary, but the only place I have ever seen them is in Japan, so the only real term I have ever used for them is “fukinoto.”

Just yesterday I saw my first fukinoto in Inakadate. People in Tokyo are enjoying the cherry blossoms already, but here in Aomori, we are just now getting the fukinoto. From this stage when they are cute buds just popped out of the ground, these fukinoto will grow a little taller and bloom with many small yellow flowers. But I like them better immediately when they come up out of the ground.

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