:( dnt die its a few weeks to april n it’ll melt and april is one of the cutest months ever. [no really just saying april its so pretty!!]
- In Japan, signs of Spring is around from the point of January. Mountain wild herbs, flowers - they sprout and bloom in the midst of snow.
- February, also, you start to see some real early signs (like plum trees, flowers blooming)
- And then March, April - steadily gets warmer. After February, it gets pretty warmer. :/
- And full cherry blossoms (right now it’s officially going in Japan)
- And lot of unique cooking/food is associated with all these ‘signs’ of springs.
- Basically from the point of January, we eat (haha) all these gradual signs of arrival of Spring.
- In NY, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Central Park isn’t that bad - but - food wise, there really is no culture for Spring, I think :/
- Rural America might have something. But I think I barely heard any.
Anyway, so - by living in Japan, I basically internalized this ‘gradual coming of Spring’ - and enjoying, sharing, marking of each steps of Spring’s arrival - with distinct flavor and aroma of those mountain herbs, pickled cherry flower petals etc.
But here in USA, I think even ‘April’ fails to show up D:
- March can be quite cold like this,
- and then April can be - immediate temperature rise and gets quite like ‘Summer’ very rapidly
- (Like have to prepare AC immediately once you feel ‘Finally Winter ended!’)
If you live close to decent part of large real Parks, you might have sense of seasons, but here in NYC, I think it’s pretty … mechanical, overall.
I really can’t even think of what is ‘Spring food’ in USA. Something which tells arrival of Spring.
Japan has it lot, over - like 3-4 months. May is also beautiful month. But in NYC, I think May is already half of it is like AC weather.
Japan doesn’t require AC probably until mid July.
Anyway, like shown in our traditional Haikus, Japan’s Spring have so many traditional signs and markers, and they arrive one after another - over like 3 months - in very sensual, memorable ways. And everyone shares it.
That’s the reason probably we haven’t left being quite Animist-ish, very deeply.
And on this, I think even Hayao Miyazaki’s anime hasn’t yet really caught this: How Japan’s four seasons feel like.
It’s just littered with so many little, beautiful signs from nature, and traditional culture so developed to notice and appreciate all those little changes as ‘signs from Nature’.
It’s entirely different world view and mindsets. And I always wish we could create some Web/Digital presentation of how it’s like - to showcase its unique beauty and rhythm - to the rest of humanity.
Because it really carries something really unique and deeply beautiful.