Rainy season - 梅雨
梅雨 literally the plum rain is the perfect word for the Japanese rainy season. In June it's getting hot and humid and this is the season for harvesting plums. So everywhere it's about ume-everything: umeshu, umeboshi, ume jam... We have several plum trees in the garden producing every year dozens of kilos of fruits. Unfortunately in the past we haven't been there in June for the harvest season. Only last and this year we managed to be in Japan and harvest our plums. Last year with the help of Mrs I. I made some umeshu that I've just bottled, and is apparently delicious (I can only enjoy its beautiful smell since I don't drink alcohol anymore). It was actually more simple to do than I expected only it takes a whole year to wait to start drinking it.
This year I decided to make umeboshi with our 85year old neighbor. She promised me this winter to teach me and since then I've looking forward to it. The day finally came! I harvested some of our plums Saturday, washed them and had then bath in a lot of water for a whole night and yesterday I prepared my first umeboshi. Here again it was much simpler than I expected. It's only salt and plums. And time. Bonus before I can enjoy our umeboshi obasan gave me 25year old umeboshi. Something I'm looking forward to try too very soon!! I'll keep you updated!
One more thing I love about this season too, this is also the season for vibrant greens and colorful hydrangeas blooming under grey skies, giving this special and beautiful rainy season light and colors to the country.