The Setagaya Plum Blossom Festival (Setagaya Ume Matsuri) takes place at Hanegi Park from February until early March.
While small, the park has about 650 plum trees, making it a fitting location for Setagaya’s ume (plum) matsuri. On weekends during this festival, vendors sell plum-themed food such as madeleines and jelly. There will also be some performances.
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