Spring comes later to Hokkaido than anywhere else in Japan. April is amonth, often bringing snow and frost even after you thought it would be safe to plant your garden. But May is usually safe. May is truly spring. It comes late, but it brings and sudden changes. And because of this, we can clearly observe its superpowers.
What probably comes to your mind is the new growth of plants.like the dandelion are said to be the most at this time of year, full of power and . They push up through soil that is hardened by the weight of winter snow. They even push up through the in bricks and concrete.
But the superpowers I am talking about are on a more personal level. Spring brings superpowers to people like me, whosnow and ice for five to six months of the year. When the snow is finally gone, I take off my coat and exchange my heavy snow boots for lightweight loafers. Suddenly, I feel like I wings. I feel I could fly.
I no longer need to protect my cold hands with thickgloves. I can touch and feel the on the , the sticky milk of broken dandelion stems, the rough bark of the cherry trees. My are no longer dry and frozen. I can smell the richness of the soil and thousands of growing things. and have become my superpowers.
The world is suddenly full of sound. Not only because our windows are open more often, but also because the deep snow thatall noises during the winter is . With my enhanced hearing, I can hear the deep inside the .
After thewhite and gray of winter, suddenly there are colors everywhere. My enhanced sight zooms in on the edible wild greens of the river bank and . My tongue in the subtle bitterness of and the creaminess of . Surely my hearing, sight, and sense of taste superpowers!
Myare loosened by the milder temperatures. This gives me enhanced . I feel and strong enough to climb castle walls or jump from to tree limb. I could be a ninja like I always wanted to be! This of my own senses will fade in a few weeks, and my "superpowers" will seem part of ordinary life. But Hokkaido's brief spring my senses enough to inspire my art for the whole year.
The Japan Times ST: June 1, 2018