Winter flowers

When returning to Japan after our two-week holiday in Belgium, we got our first taste of winter in Japan. It has gotten cold (maximum 5° C at midday) and it even snows occasionally. But I was very surprised to see flowers blooming even in this weather.

While I normally associate autumn and winter with barren trees and the withering of nature, I have encountered blooming flowers in Japan all throughout autumn and now also during wintertime. How wonderful to see those specks of colour in an otherwise gray winterworld.

Hedge blooming in December, Toyota City, Japan

Hedge blooming in December in Toyota City (December 26th)

Autumn cherry blossoms, Takayama, Japan

Autumn cherry blossoms in Takayama (November 14th)

Autumn cherry blossoms, Kōshō-ji temple, Nagoya, Japan

Autumn cherry blossoms at Kozoji Temple, Nagoya (November 11th)

Flower at Kojakuji Temple, Asuke, Toyota City, Japan

Flower at Kojakuji Temple, Asuke, Toyota City (November 13th)

Iris blooming in November in Toyota City, Japan

Iris blooming in November in Toyota City (November 17th)

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2 thoughts on “Winter flowers

  1. Lovely! When I lived in Nagoya, winter of 2005 brought one of the biggest snows to the area. Nothing like the winter snowstorms in Michigan, U.S.A., of course, but a lot of snow for Nagoya. 😉 I especially liked the look of the snow on the palm-type trees. It was a white Christmas that year, definitely. 🙂

    • I saw images on the news of the snow in 2005. They said that the large amount of snow that year was due the ‘La Niña’ phenomenon (which produces effects opposite to ‘El Niño’). And they proceeded to announce that this winter will also be a ‘La Niña’ winter, with severe cold and lots of snow. What an experience for my first winter without central heating. Thank god for kotatsu!

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