I hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas with your family. Recently we have rather warm days though winter has come. But I hope we have white Christmas on December 24 and 25 since snow is appropriate tassel for our Christmas. We can see Mt. Amida with white snow and black rock from the hill behind our house.
With each passing day also lowered temperatures, it has been a season of alpine foliage. I go out to Shirakoma Pond on a sunny day.
Lakeside azaleas are in
the red. While walking the lakeside trail, I enjoyed the fall foliage. When
viewed from the opposite bank, it is like a scarlet border.
The season proceeds to early autumn. I visited local craftsmen’s market in Komagane with my wife this week-end. Komagane is a small town surrounded by Japan Alps and the air was cool and comfortable. Leaves of maple trees were changing to vivid red in the wood. We also enjoyed looking at and shopping potteries, metal objet, wooden carvings and hand-made clothes.
I visited the pond on 23 April, when the road near there was open after clearing snow. The pond was still covered thick ice but I felt the breaking up it there soon. The middle of it was honey-combed and melted ice blocks were floating near the shore. Spring is near at hand!
We have gentle and warm rain this morning. Walking in our garden I found light green butterbur sprout, through which we surely feel spring has come. We are also able to eat the sprouts making Tempura and they fit beer very well. I am looking forward to have them with cold beer.
February has finished and we have a warm morning. I remember the sentences from Walden of H. D. Thoreau.One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in. … Fogs and rains and warmer suns are gradually melting the snow; the days have grown sensibly longer; I see how I shall get through the winter without adding to my wood-pile, for large fires are no longer necessary.