This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when we were still in biwa season. I was walking towards Shimokitazawa for a bit of weekend exploring when I looked down this little lane way and saw a huge biwa tree. The fruit scattered on the ground in the background is biwa that had fallen from a great big tree in someone’s garden. The biwa tree property backs on to a little parkette. It had a small patch of very lush grass and several trees that I thought were ume (plum) based on their appearance and the season. The sniff test in this photo was inconclusive (not much to smell) and one piece of fruit was popped into my bag and came home with me. The parkette had about seven of these trees and there weren’t many fruit left. There were several happy looking birds hanging around though. The supposed plum was hanging around my kitchen counter for a little while before I did some simple dissecting and found that it is actually anzu (apricot). So, I found myself a little hot pocket of biwa and plums very close to my apartment. I’ll have to get there just a little bit earlier next year.