The Scent of Autumn, Fragrant Orange with Smelting Butter

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Autumn Scent, 金木犀, Orange Osmanthus

Being in tune with the natural surroundings makes the coming of the seasons so pleasurable.  It is one thing that Japanese culture is in sync with, nature.  It may not seem it, but if you could ease drop in on a conversation in a tea house one of the appropriate subjects for this time of year would be the blooming of the  金木犀 キンモクセイ(kinmokusei), Orange Osmanthus, also known as fragrant orange.

This tree is not beautiful.  It looks the epitome of completely ordinary.  Through out the seasons it is just a tree, with branches, leaves and roots.  One would walk by it and not even give it a first thought.  It is a tree that is just there.

This is when the magic really happens.  For about a week to 10 days the minuscule blossoms of the fragrant orange osmanthus open and release their scent into the world.  I always smell the fragrance before my eye spots the tree.  The sweet orange scent with hints of cooking butter waif through the breeze.  I like to search for the tree once the aroma hits my brain.  I love to let it fill my nostrils in the cool dry air of autumn.

This little unassuming tree becomes extraordinary, if for only a few days.  It is well worth the effort to track them drown and let your mind drift on the buttered orange waves of autumn.

Sweet Aroma of Autumn

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The air is crispier today that yesterday.  On my way in to the city you could see a faint Mt. Fuji off in the distance behind the ever looming Sky Tree Tower.  These are some of the signs that the seasons are shifting gears.  The air is clearer and we can see the mountains that ring the Kanto Plain.  I was actually felt a little nippy in the morning with just a windbreaker.  But, the sun came out and the day quickly warmed to a beautiful temperature.  A temperature that I felt at comfortable in in short sleeves.

As I was making my way to the station, I kept getting whiffs of a sweet fragrance.  The fragrance was so sweet to my uncivilized nostrils I thought it was some overly sweet candy.  That is what is smelled like, candy.  My reason returned and I knew that it could not be candy and their must be something in bloon that was giving off such a super sweet aroma.

I wasn’t able to answer the question what it was until I just about had reached my house.  There was a bushy tree that was covered with teeny tiny orange blossoms.  The blossoms could have been no more than 5 mm in diameter, yet their fragrance was unmistakable.  The sweet smell of autumn that drifts through the open window and across school children’s paths.






Sweet Dreams Aroma

Fragrant Spiral and Electric Blue

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

A fresh bush full of blooming gardenias.  A bit of fragrance from my childhood, as our house in Miami had a huge bush in the backyard.  Also some electric blue buds from a small communal flower garden in Chiba.

White Frgrant Spin, Gardenia

Electric Blue Vibrations

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