The first snow of the season is predicted tomorrow. Today too, is cold and dreary. Still, I wanted to air out the house, and feel the cool chill permeate the space before the warmth returned once again.
This is the time of year for cleaning in Japan, and I to set forth to straighten up the house the best that I could. It feels like, even now after all these months, that objects have been thrown here and there – stuffed inside boxes to figure out later. My hope is that I can tackle these larger efforts in the new year. For now, the time is to enjoy the season.
Last week, I bought a box of kumquats. It's been sitting in the refrigerator waiting for its use. Who knows what it will turn into, but that is my mission today to figure out what these bright, small orange orbs can be to me.
I set them by the Christmas cactus which is just beginning to bloom. It's a cheerful site against my newly changed 'enugui' that lies in my quasi-tokonoma, or alcove to Display seasonal objects. I think that this one is my favorite of all in my collection.
In honor of the first snow predicted tomorrow, even if it is a small slight thing, I pulled out my collection of haiku and found the chapter for winter:
A red berry
On the hoar-frost in the garden.
One long line of river
The snowy moor.