Camellias can be seen everywhere during Tokyo’s winter.
I am not a fan of winter, so I particularly appreciate camellia’s for proving indestructible color in bright pink on the coldest days. Whether pruned into a hedge, or placed in a plastic container, camellias are resilient to snow and require minimal care. The neighbor’s camellia has turned into a 5 meter tall tree.
Summer’s humid haze often blocks views of Mount Fuji. It’s amazing to see the last bits of snow on the volcano.
I love how this sad parking lot palm tree looks especially desolate in snow. Leap Day, 2012.
When it snows, it seems as if Tokyo is a city of black and white. Recently I posted a photo of this plum tree at night. Just as the blossoms are peaking, thick gobs of snow magnify the tree’s shape.
Leap Day, 2012.
Leap Day in Tokyo saw a surprising amount of snow, falling in large gobs from the sky and from roofs. Someone tipped me off that the trains are less impacted than the underground subway, and that snow slows the city less than rain. I took photos of a routine trip from my home.
The snow helped me see Tokyo again from a fresh perspective.
I am drawn to white flowers for winter gardening. They evoke snow, and also add brightness to the cold days.
The cold weather brings clear skies. You can watch as the snow gradually starts out as icing on Mount Fuji, and then covers it entirely for winter.
Happy new year!
Yesterday, Tokyo was covered in snow briefly. Large, fluffy flakes everywhere. These photos are from my neighborhood before heading to work and school.
[March 7, 2011, in Nakano].