I know the summer by the buzz of the cicadas, and I know the autumn by the flagrance of Sweet Osmantus, or Kinmokusei as we call it. The small tree bears a lot of tiny orange flowers. It is a common tree found in Tokyo and other parts of Japan.
When I notice the subtle scent, I realize the autumn is here. I look around to find the flowers, but most of the times I am not able to locate them. It is almost a mystery. The flowers are very flagrant and I think the aroma travels further than I imagine.
I don't intend to go search for the flowers. As long as the flagrance tells me the season, that is the way it should be.