Osmanthus trees are blooming. Their intoxicating apricot-and-citrus-like aroma floats in the air and turns Tokyo into a city of dreams.
Everyday life is practical and there is little time for poetic feelings but this scent does remind me that poetry can be found even in the tiniest of things – each Osmanthus flower is about 3 millimetres in diameter and so I wonder where they get the strength for this powerful scent.
Autumn has finally arrived in Tokyo and is showing off its beauty by tickling all human senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.
One of the delights of the season which all my friends are looking forward to are the autumn sweets – each made with the meticulous precision so characteristic of everything produced in this country. To me, they are too pretty eat.
And the next.
And the next.
Beautiful, aren’t they? Yet, they were tasted and enjoyed as soon as the photo session was over 🙂
There are so many designs, each one of them reflecting the season’s colors and shapes.
Food in Japan is considered a kind of art and it is prepared, served and enjoyed with a great degree of seasonality. When I came here, I thought that food was just food – human beings need it to keep going; tasty or not, it serves only one purpose – recharging our bodies with energy (while providing nutrients, too). But there is a big “BUT” which I discovered and eventually accepted after I spent several years in Japan. The taste of food is important BUT more important than that is how it looks.
BUT do not be fooled! Though most dishes are state of the art presentations (and delicious, too!), there are some dishes which are exceptions to the rule.
Before we had the above pretty things for dessert we enjoyed these as well:
Potatoes. Stewed and served as they come. Natural whole food. Eaten and appreciated as much as the sweets.
I wish you a warm and peaceful day.