Every season here in Japan brings on refreshment, renewal, and a stark reminder of the preciousness of life. It is also amazing how nature itself copes with and adapts to the harsh changes. The people of Japan are so well aware of it. In fact, it is a culture of national holidays with names that remind us- “Sea Day, Mountain Day, Autumnal Equinox,” etc. Consequently, every season in Japan includes some sort of celebration.
In the north there is always snow and it is bitter cold. Here in Tokyo it is cold, and we are usually blessed with one or two good snowfalls. The beauty of it is amazing. Families often come together on January 1st to celebrate the new year.
Cherry blossoms bloom slowly from south to north, bringing on the beginning of warm weather throughout the country. Cities and towns always organize a festive celebration. A new awakening.
It’s hot and humid but that doesn’t get in the way of the mood of fireworks and town festivals. No matter how hot the weather, the people come out to celebrate the season of summer.
I think the Japanese maple tree is the most beautiful, with its tiny leaves that so magically change color from green to a fiery red. A slow progression of change. The foliage that surrounds the thousands of temples and shrines throughout Japan is magnificent!
Japan is a nice place to be in all seasons!