Autumn (Tokyo Studio)

Rittou: Pheasants enter the water and turns into monster clams/ paulownia leaves fall (2 of 5)

November 20th, 2008

Rittou 12 of 15After 6 days of absence from Tokyo, we returned to the capital to find the Autumn leaves front in full swing. The day reached its maximum temperature at 15 degrees C. Shinjuku Gyōen we visited a week earlier with Keith and Ellen already looks remarkably different. The chrysanthemum show has finished and the bamboo exhibition structures are being put away for next year. We picnicked in the same spot as before and many people had the same idea of soaking up some sun.

A walk further towards the Sendagaya gate end of the park revealed the full glorious Tokyo Autumn scene. Trees are now dark green, yellow, red, and orange, and some have already lost their leaves. I remember going to school in the South of England as a teenager. Autumn marked the end of the carefree summer and the beginning of another school year. When my sister and I traveled back to school, it was always at night. Hong Kong was still warm in late September and this made the English morning upon our arrival feel all the more colder. The landscapes from Gatwick to Essex always looked grey despite the green fields around the motorway. The trees at school would be more or less bare with dried leaves piled on the ground.

The park rangers at the gyōen have intentionally left the fallen leaves on the ground too. Although like before I still have our imminent departure at the back of my mind, the scene is anything but poignant. On the contrary, the piles of crisp brown leaves bring out a certain childishness that dares you to run around, kick the chrunchy foliage about, and generally make a big mess – which was what we did.

4 Responses to “Rittou: Pheasants enter the water and turns into monster clams/ paulownia leaves fall (2 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Austinmer
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Jo, there was a huge wind-storm in Austinmer, and a big branch of your mulberry tree was torn away. Luckily it fell on the grass, and not on the vegie patch (or Lizzie’s head).

    In the garage, I found an excellent pair of snippers, and cut the branch up into little bits. I threw it on top of Redmond’s “decomposing organic matter” pile, and felt very satisfied with myself.

    The mulberries are coming out on the tree! Not quite ripe enough to eat yet, but they will be very soon.

    Last weekend, I did a course in permaculture. A lot of the course was about composting – input/output systems for energy and nutrition in the garden. I was pleased, with all the new fallen mulberry leaves, to have such a large decomposition resource to add to the compost.

    here’s a photo of the fallen branches:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bilateral/3062505382/in/photostream/

  2. 2 jolaw
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Lucas, we were a little worried about the Mulberry tree when Lizzie told us about the big wind that took a big branch of it. I am glad to hear that it’s okay and it’s having mulberries. Although Redmond had a look at the photos and wonder whether the branch did not belong to the white cedar next to the mulberry….?

    You are becoming quite the Farmer Lucas and all this hands-in-the soil is making you very pleased, plus the bread-making, I have been hearing about….

  3. 3 Lucas in Austinmer
    November 27th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    i was sure it was the mulberry. but i will go and look again to make sure.

  4. 4 lizzie
    November 30th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    ah, you’re right. it was the cedar – the taller one. but lots of mulberry fell off too, hence my confusion.