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Tokyo winter gardening

Tokyo winter gardening, Tsubaki

My first winter garden has been a surprise for me. Japanese love to talk about their wonderful four seasons. I expected that winter would mean no flowers and scarce greenery. That’s why I left the East Coast of the United States over twenty years ago.

Yet winter in Tokyo offers many opportunities for flowers– particularly annuals like pansies, decorative kale, geraniums. Even plants I expected to die back are sprouting new growth in mid-winter, like two small roses on my balcony. Most specatcular is the tsubaki (つばき), a winter camelia I bought around new year’s. Another variety is called sazanka (さざんか). There’s even an early plum tree blooming on the path we take to the JR station.

Across from the same plum tree, we saw a tiny, surprisingly round, green bird that is active in winter, the mejiro  (目白). It’s adorable.

uguisu (うぐいす)

And, finally, I am surprised to see so many plants common in Northern California growing in the Tokyo winter, including brugsmania (called Angel’s Trumpet in Japan) and “purple princess.” Very unexpected.

客室乗務員が大好きです

客室乗務員

どうしてみんなは客室乗務員が大好きですか。このサンフランシコのみにくいほどうを、このダサいホテルとダサい建築物の前にを七人の客室乗務員が明るくしました。

ぱりっとした制服、短期間の旅行、色々なホテルの部屋、たくさんの大陸横断。

渡り鳥みたい。いつもいっしょ。寂しくないね。

Crushing on Flight Attendants
Why does everyone love flight attendants? Seven flight attendants brighten this ugly sidewalk in San Francisco, in front of this uncool hotel with uncool architecture.

Crisp uniforms, short stays, anonymous hotel rooms, total freedom of mobility.

They look like migrating birds. Always together. Never lonely.