I spent the long weekend for Coming of Age Day (成年の日) in January in Osaka, then spent a day in Wakayama with a friend from school who works there now. While my town was buried in snow, Wakayama was pleasantly warm.
We drove by dozens of mikan groves to get to Shirasaki (白崎), the white cliffs on the southern sea.
Apparently Shirasaki is the subject of many Japanese poems, and one can see why. The views are breathtaking, and the entire landscape changes with the passing of clouds.
Despite the sunny day, the winds were quite harsh near the sea.
Not too far from Shirasaki, we parked the car near a cliff-side bursting with narcissus flowers.
The narcissus is a daffodil-like flower that blooms from December to February.
If you know your birth flowers (like birth stones), the narcissus is December’s flower–and therefore mine, as well. Having never seen one before, I felt a kind of affinity with this flower that blooms in the midst of winter.
Roots stronger than the wind
The flower that blooms in winter
Welcomes the spring