Back in Brooklyn, before moving to Japan to become Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times, I hadn’t been a particularly horticultural person. My husband and I used to joke that it was a miracle our two children managed to thrive given our poor track record with house plants.
Here in Japan, though, I soon discovered that I am easily enchanted by the flowering profusion. Particularly during the pandemic, hunting for flowers has become a way to soothe anxiety.
After two days when I didn’t leave our apartment because I was covering the resignation and replacement of the president of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, I walked to the grocery store and spotted tiny pink and cream winter daphne blossoms nestled in some bushes out front.
For a moment, tension evaporated.
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Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh contributed the break from the news. You can reach the team at email@example.com.
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