Tsubaki and Steel

If you appreciate the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, then you may have pictures in your mind of stones and moss in a Japanese garden, or the weathered bare wood of a shrine, or a pottery tea cup that is not quite round. As a foreigner who arrived in Japan during the Showa era, I find it in modern, but older, buildings that have been sided in corrugated steel and painted in some distinctive color – sometimes more than once as the rust seeps through – and adorned by some ornamental shrubbery that is no longer tended.
I saw this wall and tsubaki (camellia) blossoms in the sunshine of a late afternoon in February near Nagoya Station.

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