Thursday, October 20, 2011

Will Miss #378 - sweet osmanthus

Osmanthus fragrans is a type of flowering tree which is pretty common in Tokyo. There is one growing behind my apartment and in front of it. Most Tokyoites recognize it's pleasantly sweet smell and view it as a part of the seasonal change experience. For me, I will not only associate the scent with life in Japan, as the tree is not common in the United States, but also the change from oppressive summer to mild and pleasant autumn. The trees flower when the weather turns cool (usually after the equinox).

I'll miss the scent of osmanthus in the air and the association with the summer ending.