Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
(Spring in Tokyo)
We love spring in Tokyo. Spring makes its welcome appearance after a desperately chilly winter. For three gorgeous months, our city is abloom with flowers that come one right after the other in an orderly succession. The season begins with the deeply colored plum trees.
After that comes the Sakura cherry blossom. This delicate flower lasts only 10 days. The Japanese anticipate this all-too-brief season the way that American children pine away for Christmas.
Spring flowers follow in sequence after the Sakura. Tulips. Dogwood. Azalea. Iris. Each flower lasts through its own season, spending itself and giving way to the next. The mark of our Creator makes itself evident in the beauty of nature that surrounds us.