Saturday, October 9, 2010

Scent of Autumn

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.