Winter sakura or fuyuzakura (冬桜: winter-flowering cherry) have begun to bloom in the cold. These cherry blossoms are smaller in size and look more modest than those that bloom in spring. The delicate blossoms make me think of some remarkable people who did their best in the face of adversity and how their inner lights shone and lit up the paths of others. It may sound like an ambitious dream but I wish I was more like the winter sakura and was better at facing tough times.
Though freezing weather has gripped Northern Japan for a week, we haven't had snow yet in Tokyo. Maple and ginkgo leaves were at their best last week. Now most of them have been scattered and grounds and ponds are covered with the traces of autumn.
Yuki-tsuri (雪吊り）are reflected on the surface of the pond covered with fallen leaves. The yuki-tsuri is a technique for preserving trees and shrubs from heavy snow. .
In my neighborhood various types of Sasanqua camellias are in bloom here and there at present. Mine is also blooming with red flowers in my backyard.
My sasanqua camellia
In town winter songs are being played and many lucky cats are being sold for the forthcoming year. Two years have passed since my cat Naotan came to my place. He always wants to be with me and watches me from beside my computer while I'm at the desk. My family and I think that he is a real lucky cat because he always makes us happy and gives us comfort.