“Toi Sakura” which is said to be the earliest bloom in Japan, is a cherry blossom that blooms only in the Toi Onsen area of Nishiizu. The blossoms bloom earlier than Kawazu Sakura, buds begin to sprout from mid-December, bloom from mid-January and continue to bloom for about two months until mid-February.
Yukiwariso, snow-breaking grass, that always sprout from the snow is blooming this winter without waiting for the snow. It’s a flower that tells coming spring, but every time I see this flower, I feel lonely and recall the past and get likely to spill tears.
Christmas-rose blooms during this time when there are few flowers, so they are very popular with some lovers. This flower has long been compared to a noble lady as a noble flower, and was also adorned before God. Even in Japan, they are sometimes displayed in tea rooms.
Red and white turnips dug out of frozen soil are very juicy and delicious. I love turnips sliced thinly and pickled in sweet vinegar. When simmered, it softens to melt and is also delicious. Turnip is also an indispensable a la carte for winter cooking.
“Mogari” is a fence made of a combination of bamboo. When a strong winter wind blows onto such fences, bamboo fences, electric wires, etc., it makes a whistle-like sound. “Mogaribue” is a word that describes that sound.
I will never forget. On January 15, 1915, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake killed 6,434 people. I lived in Ikoma City, Nara Pre. at the time, and woke up with the violent tremors and the squeaking noise of the house. I had a job in Hanshin, but I couldn’t finally go that day. So I had no choice but to watch hell pictures on TV all day.
Ice tulips are at their best at the New York Lamp Museum & Flower Garden in Futo, Ito. The colorful 3,600 flowers tell us that spring is coming soon. The ice tulip is refrigerated and exposed to cold (winter) for a certain period of time, so that the flowering is adjusted to bloom in winter.
Today is petit New Year’s Day. We say Kagami-Mochi, we put away Okagami, round mirror-shaped rice cakes, which we displayed from New Year holidays and break into pieces and put in red bean porridge and eat. This year’s New Year event is all over.
I had a letter from a friend of Izu in Shizuoka prefecture that Kawazu cherry blossoms had bloomed.In Osaka, the first snow and first ice were observed 17 days later than usual. That’s the degree most people aren’t even aware of. It may be that the real winter does not come as it is.
We have the tradition to say that the three days from January 14 are called petit New Year’s Days, and to be reluctant to leave the New Year. And we celebrates the 20-year-old youth on 15th day, Adults’ Day, in the central day. The day is uncertain now. Dondoyaki, Festivals Fire, is one of the events during that period.