why do you always bloom
when the cicadas are singing?
In Japan, these flowers are called hekusokazura (ヘクソカズラ); the scientific name is Paederia foetida . But I call them little reds or little bells. In the 19.5 hectare Maioka Park in Totsuka, these wilflowers abound.
In my little garden, they grow in abundance too; they ramble over my solitary cherry tree. They seeded themselves all around the house; I didn’t grow them but I let them climb over the fence and trees just for the sheer beauty of their tiny flowers. And they only bloom when the cicadas sing for them.
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I have a little garden: slightly bigger than the forehead of a cat. I grow herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, and mint, and lemon grass, and lavender, and basil. Occasionally, I cook for myself. Sometimes, my Japanese wife and my daughter like my cooking. I come from the Philippines – it is said that there are more than seven thousand islands but I do not own one. I’d love to, though. I always carry a camera with me – in my walks, journeys, and wanderings. Most of the time, I’m home – staring at Fujisan and writing something.