Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, right, smiles after receiving a pair of plum bonsai trees from "plum mission" shrine maiden Yuko Tashiro at his official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. ... more 
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, right, smiles after receiving a pair of plum bonsai trees from "plum mission" shrine maiden Yuko Tashiro at his official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, famous for about 6,000 plum trees in the compound in the southern Japanese city of Dazaifu, sends plum blossoms annually to the prime minister's office as a harbinger of spring. less 
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Fri, Feb 11, 2011 4:59 AM EST