IMG_2025 March 01

Just When You Think It’s Safe To Ditch The Muffler…

Yep, if the plum trees are blooming, that means a giant dump of snow is just around the corner. This particular dashing of spring hopes comes with such clocklike regularity in Japan that haiku masters use “plum blossom” when they’re actually talking about surviving life’s more bitter lessons.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo Mystery Series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

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