The fervent winds of yesterday seem to have finally coerced winter to join December. The snap of the air is winter, the light, the bundling of bodies and the exclamation of coldness. It's exciting in some way, but everyone knows there is more to come. It will get colder, and the length of the cold will beg the endurance of our internal warmth, especially in this country with little central heating. To come home is to still be cold.
But there are hot water bottles, and space heaters, and kotatsu tables, and soups, and onsen, and the Christmas lights are beautiful in the HPAC square. For now the magic of winter's cold is exciting and welcome. A new face of living.