October 2009


%E3%82%AD%E3%83%B3%E3%83%A2%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BB%E3%82%A4%EF%BC%92_resize.jpgWe've been having beautiful weather here in Kamakura - clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. The temperature is about 20~25c in the daytime but the nights are getting quite chilly. I always feel like our autumn is like the European summers.

Not only is the weather nice,there is a beautiful scent that fills the air at this time of year. It comes from a shrub which has tiny little orange flowers and if I were to translate the name word for word from the Japanese name it would be " Golden Tree Star ". (English name is "fragrant orange-coloured olive" - not very imaginative...)
kinnmokusei%20_resize.jpgIt apparently comes from China but I've never come across this tree in Europe or America. It has a wonderful sweet smell and is very popular so if you're walking around Japan at this time you are bound to bump into one.

Last week we had quite a big typhoon (which was quite serious) but because of the strong winds it seemed like the whole of Kamakura was smelling of these flowers. Although we don't have a single shrub in the garden I could smell them the minute I opened the front door. And this continued! Walking all the way to the station and even on the station platform,the whole of Kamakura just seemed to be perfumed by nature!