A local resident in central Tokyo has said “screw you” to the man yesterday and commenced getting hammered under a plum tree.

“I for one can no longer wait for the cherry blossoms,” he said.

The man revealed his radical opinion that he didn’t think there was a “huge difference” between a cherry and a plum.

“They’re both fruits,” he said.

Several witnesses were disgusted at the man’s anti-conformist behavior.

“Clearly, a cherry blossom has a small split at the end of each petal, whereas plum blossoms don’t have split at the end of each petal,” said one witness.

Image: Pakutaso, Flickr/smwhang


  1. This is actually really funny – because they DO look really really similar. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen someone like, “OMG! Cherry blosso- oh wait it’s just a stupid plum tree. False alarm”. Would it really be so bad to make ume-viewing a thing?

    • Well, a long, long time ago it used to be ume-viewing for the masses. Pretty sad really, only one gets the attention these days 🙁

      • One of the more famous – Kitano Tenmangū in Kyoto – built in 947 to appease the angry spirit of bureaucrat, scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane. The grounds are filled with red and white ume. The plum festival has been held on the same day every year for about 900 years to mark the death of Michizane.
        Other worth mentions are the plum grove at Niji Castle and the plum grove at Kenrokuen (Kanazawa). Lots more around the country, and prettier than cherry.


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