November is the start of the tropical wet season, with summer so close, it’s a good time to return to the beach, if not for a swim at least to sit and read a good book by one of our many famous Australian writers. At this time the Blue Gum starts to bloom, the state symbol of Tasmania. The lorikeet is always with its tribe in great multitude, a cacophony of joyous sound.
Hanafuda is a Japanese card game featuring 12 suits based on the months of the year. Each suit has a feature plant or flower which tracks the flow of nature through the passing seasons.
While living in Japan, John (pitok) was struck by how people took the time to intentionally notice the slow changes in nature, and consciously be present in each experience as it came and went. Each month brought a new flower, a new festival, different ways to connect with one another, and the world around them.
Living in the Aussie ‘burbs, pitok decided to spend more intentional time reflecting on the everpresent, everchanging natural world and his ties to it.