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05:58 am: Is it weather, or is it botany?
I should mention, the weather took a sudden dip yesterday. In fact, it got so cool that I had to turn my fan off in the middle of the night.

This morning I turned on the news to see if the coolness would continue. They started off the weather report with a map of the country as usual...but rather than showing information such as temperatures or cloud patterns or precipitation, the weatherman launched into a graphic description of which flowers are opening across the country. In Japan, specific flowers are associated with specific seasons. The most famous, of course, is the cherry blossom that signifies spring. The ones shown on the report today were flowers associated with fall.

Apparently they're starting to open 3-5 days earlier than usual this year. Looks like fall is on its way. (Unfortunately, the temperature is supposed to jump back up to around 85 today.)

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