I appreciate camellias for their indestructible and garish winter color

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冬がきらいですが、ツバキが大好きです。最低限の世話でも雪でも、鮮やかな花が長いあいだ咲きます。

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.

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Melting snow and white camellias in four season garden

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雪が解けたときに、石井さんの庭で白いツバキが咲いていて、そばの路地で子供たちが遊んでいました。

Ishii-san’s garden nearby always look good, in all seasons. With the snow melting, a family enjoys walking down the street.

Snow piled up on balcony flowers, but everything survived storm

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雪がベランダの花と野菜の上に積もったけれど、皆、負けませんでした。

Last month, the snow covered the balcony plants. Somehow all the flowers and vegetables survived this heavy snow.

Snowfall behind the dormant green curtain

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先月、雪がたくさん降りました。外に人が少なかったから、都市が静かになった。

A heavy snowfall last month briefly slowed down the city and produced an unusual quiet. I loved seeing how fast it accumulated.

Rare summer view of Mount Fuji

夏のもやで、あまり富士山が見えません。ところが、晴れた日に、富士山の上に雪の残りが見えます。

Summer’s humid haze often blocks views of Mount Fuji. It’s amazing to see the last bits of snow on the volcano.

Tokyo palm tree looks desolate in heavy snowfall

近所の駐車場にあるシュロというヤシはいつも寂しい感じです。雪の日は、もっと寂しそうです。うるう年2012年。

I love how this sad parking lot palm tree looks especially desolate in snow. Leap Day, 2012.

Thick gobs of snow pile up on plum blossoms

雪が降っているときは、東京は白黒映画みたいです。最近、この梅の木の夜の写真を載せました。先週の雪が木のかたちを大きく見せました。うるう年の日、2012年。

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 snow falling on the Sobu line train

うるう年の2月29日は雪がたくさん降っていました。いつも行く東京の道や場所を、新鮮な目で見たかったです。総武線のホームから。

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.

White daisies brighten up balcony garden in winter

冬の庭で、白い花に惹かれます。雪を想像させるだけでなく、寒い日に明るさを添えてくれます。

I am drawn to white flowers for winter gardening. They evoke snow, and also add brightness to the cold days.

Snow begins to cover Mount Fuji

寒い季節は、空が澄んでいることが多いです 。今富士山にはいっぱい雪があります。あけましておめでとう。

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!

Snowing in my neighborhood

昨日、東京が雪に少し覆われました。仕事と学校が始まる前に、中野の写真を取りました。

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].