The plums were in full bloom in Ibaragi a couple of weeks ago, so north we went.
There's a beautiful little macrobiotic soba restaurant called Nagomi in the town of Kasama. They have handmade soba and amazing vegetable tempura. It's so lovely. (Photo from their site.)
Next came the plum blossoms at Kairakuen.
And 袋の滝 (fukuronotaki) has all the minus ions you need to fight off the baddies for a week.