|My next-door neighbor's house.|
Of course, winter eventually passed. Spring in mainland Japan is possibly the most lovely spring of any country on earth. From the arrival of the cherry blossoms in late March and early April, to the hydrangea and iris of June, Japan is in constant bloom. Just about every plant or tree in my neighborhood will flower, if I watch it for long enough.
Disclaimer: If you are thinking of living off base when you move to Japan, be aware that my photos have edited out a lot of concrete and a lot of overhead wires and a lot of apartment buildings and a lot of people. Do with that information what you will.
|Most private gardens are fenced and gated.|
|Gardens run the gamut from wild to manicured.|
|Fresh, red maple leaves peek over high walls.|
|One of my favorite gardens on my street.|
|Some gardens feature a lovely, stone lantern.|
|Even those without gardens carve out some space for flowers.|
|Spilling into streets...|
|No space is too small!|
|Say hello to my window box of pansies! They are home to a |
very happy coconut pig from Guam.