Red October

Though by calendar reckoning, autumn has been with us for over a month, these glorious amaryllis lilies (higanbana – 彼岸花) herald the arrival of the ‘business end’ of autumn here in Japan.  They bloom around the Autumn Equinox and when they disappear, so do does the green of summer begin to wane.  The cooler nights have arrived and it’s time for the maple trees to start putting on their fiery display before winter strips them bare.  The first tinges of orange are already appearing.

Higanbana flowering near Kyogamine