Friday, December 14, 2012

Winter sakura

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. 

I'm going to take a break for a while. 
I wish you Happy Holidays!!
See you again in 2013!


Laoch of Chicago said...

Your photos are extremely lovely. Very nice looking feline also.

Sneyder C. A. said...

Preciosas imágenes del otoño. Una estación que dará paso al invierno y a una de las festividades mas entrañables y hermosas. La Navidad.

Te deseo pases unas felices fiestas junto a tus seres queridos.

Un cálido abrazo

sharon said...

lovely saf...I never knew about the winter cherry!..your cat is precious! I cant wait to see pictures of snow in Tokyo..A friend of mine is going to Japan this spring and I am soooo jealous...

Rurousha said...

I love the way your cat sits with his paws tucked under him. He looks so content. Give him a scratch under his chin on my behalf, please? ^^

That last photo of the single red leaf is so lovely. I'm sad to say goodbye to autumn.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and beautiful photos with us on your blog throughout 2012. Enjoy your break, take it easy, talk to you next year!

Steliana Cristina Voicu said...

So beautiful photos! I love the camelias and the cute kitty! :)
Happy Holidays to you too!


haricot said...


Brigitta Huegel said...

Dear Sapphire,
the blossoms of the winter cherry are so lovely - when we have only few blooms around, they become very special and we take our time to view them more attentively. To be tender and strong is a good combination, and you are, I am convinced of that. Though a break is always a good idea to fuel one's strength.
We have a lot of snow here at the moment. Oh, and I think your cat so very, very cute! She will like the beautiful camelias - I am not only convinced but know that cats are aesthetes.
I wish you and your family a wonderful winter holiday and a Happy New Year. Britta

☆sapphire said...

Laoch of Chicago

Thank you!!

Sneyder C. A.

Thanks! Autumn is my favorite season.


Thank you! I hope your friend can enjoy sakura when she/he is in Japan.


Thank you for your comment and for sharing your knowledge(your latest post is great!) with us throughout this year. よいお年をおむかえくださいね。まだ私のブログ、来年もつづいていると思うけど。かぜをひかないようにね!

Steliana Cristina Voicu

Thank you!!



Dear Britta

Thank you for your kind comment! I'm going to read your latest post when I come back(I'll be off-line for a couple of days).
I'm not sure if my cat is an aesthete but I'm sure he is a big eater!
Happy holidays to you too!!

Minoru Saito said...

こんにちは。 美しい写真でいっぱいですね。とても感動しました。 10月に紅葉と共に咲く豊田市の四季桜、八重の十月桜、真冬に咲く、ヒマラヤ桜、冬桜の他にも秋から冬に咲く桜が有りますね。

Sarah Laurence said...

How lovely to see a bloom in winter. Your post takes a new meaning in light of the Newtown massacre of school children in the USA. These are adverse times. It helps to look at your gorgeous photos and remember that there is beauty in this world. Enjoy your break – I look forward to more posts in the New Year.

Scott said...

Another gorgeous post. Your photo's.. so vivid. I like the idea of drawing inspiration from the fuyuzakura. Excellent traits. Sweet balance. Modesty and strength. An admirable ambition,I think.

Anne said...

Hello, Sapphire, and thank you for these beautiful and peaceful pictures. I love your interpretation about winter cherry blossoms. Enjoy nice and happy holidays!

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helen tilston said...

Hello Sapphire

To have such beautiful flowers blooming in your garden is very special. I love your tribute to the
"Winter sakura or fuyuzakura (冬桜: winter-flowering cherry) have begun to bloom in the cold. 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" I, too, need to inhale and drink the nectar of the winter sakure and grow up and be better at facing tough times.
In this we pray

Enjoy your sojourn

Helen xx

you-wee because said...

What a wonderful post again with such beautiful blossoms, Sapphire!
I havn't heard or read about your winter-flouring cherry blossoms. It would be great to have such a little Bonsai tree of winter sakura flourishing on my balcony now. I really have to find out if I can buy such a plant here in Germany as well in a garden center or somewhere else...
Although you don't celebrate Christmas in Japan like we do in Europe, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year full of new wonderful impressions!
Take care, Uwe.

cosmos said...


なおたん、定位置なのでしょうか。安心しきった寝顔がなんとも愛らしい!我が家のクーは、人間が好きで気になるのに、距離を置きたがるようです。食べる時だけはヤタラと付きまといますが、食欲が満たされるとハイ、それま~で~よ♪♪ それでも私たちは癒されてますが^^

☆sapphire said...




Really sorry for the Newtown case. My
thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy. We had a similar tragedy in Japan too.
Thanks for reading this post, Sarah!


Thanks!! The sweet balance must be a quality that promotes peace!! I wish I had it!!


Thanks for reading this post! "fuyuzakura, winter cherries" is a kigo (season word) in haiku in this country. Have a wonderful festive season!!

☆sapphire said...




Thank you for your lovely comment. The fuyuzakura is a winter kigo(season word) in haiku in Japan. There are other types of cherry that bloom from autumn to early spring.


Thank you so much! I really hope you can find one in Germany. May the holidays refresh your spirit and bring you new inspiration and happiness!!



Jasmine T. Blossom said...

Stunning photos!
Thanks so much for sharing!

I want to visit Sakurayama once because it's one of the only spots in Japan where you can enjoy the cherry blossoms and the autumn colors at the same time. Unfortunately it's quite far away from where I live.

I wish you Happy Holidays!
I still have to work this week, but then I'm off, too! ^___^

tina said...

Happy Holidays to you too! What a lucky and sweet little cat indeed!

P.S. Saw prunus mume in bloom the other day at a botanical garden-beautiful!

Kittie Howard said...

As always, your photos are breathtaking and exude a sense of peace. And I must agree, your cat is very lucky.

Happy Holidays to you and yours, Sapphire, with continued good health and happiness in the New Year!

Dmitry Voevodin said...

Поздравляю с Рождеством Христовым! В этот светлый праздник хочу пожелать мира и спокойствия в вашем доме, добра, взаимопонимания, достатка, любви, счастья, душевного равновесия, успехов во всех начинаниях, побольше радости, крепкого здоровья и всех благ! Пусть оправдываются все ожидания и сбудутся самые заветные мечты!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Cari Jiménez said...

Hola Zafiro, amiga, ¡FELIZ NOCHE! Bss desde Un Jardín para MariCari y por supuesto, para ti.

Vesna said...

Hapy holidays dear Sapphire
I wish you all the best in New year I look forward to reading your beautiful blog posts.


walk2write said...

Cats are such a comfort. They seem to know when someone needs a little TLC and offer it so gently. It looks like your autumn changing to winter is doing the same thing, offering up its beauty to soothe the soul. The maple leaves on the surface of the water make me think of lotus blossoms.

Magia da Inês said...



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☆sapphire said...

Happy New Year to you all!!

Massimo said...

too nice !!! well done ! ciao

Heather said...

Wow. Pure gorgeousness!~