Every season here in Japan brings on refreshment, some sort of renewal, a stark reminder of the preciousness of life in all its forms. It is also amazing how nature itself copes with and adapts to the harsh changes. And the people of Japan are so well aware of it. It is a culture of national holidays with names that remind us- “Sea Day, Mountain Day, Autumnal Equinox,” etc. 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 tree in autumn, with its tiny leaves that so beautifully change color, from green to a fiery red. The people really love this season because of the slow progression of change, especially the foliage that surrounds the thousands of temples and shrines throughout Japan.
Plain and simple to me, Japan is a nice place to be! I love it! (All photos were taken by me in the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan)