Late January, from the 25th to the 29th, is the middle of the traditional Japanese cold season, Daikan (大寒), or Big Cold. This year, 2020, has been quite warm and gloomy, with heavy clouds and light rain.

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Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University (1977-2020). Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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  1. These plants remind me of ‘weeds’ in my garden whose seed pods, long and thin, explode if touched, scattering many seeds in a one metre circle. I appreciate their beauty as well as their hardiness.

    1. I think weeds are under appreciated. These days officials trim roadsides and park areas too closely. I worry about losing their beauty and the little creatures that depend on them.

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