January's Flower isn't really a Flower
It's an ornamental cabbage! Which is a leaf. Although they do sprout small flowers later on in the year. Actually I was racking my brains thinking of what's in flower in Kyoto in January. Well... actually, November's flower the Chrysanthemum is still blooming in some sunny places and December's flower the Camellia hasn't finished blooming yet. However, I couldn't use those ones again. Ornamental cabbages look a bit like flowers and they are used in New Year's flower arrangements, so I thought it's a good candidate for the flower of the month and also to start the year off.
Typical New Year's flower arrangements consist of ornamental cabbages, pine, red berries and sometimes include bits of bamboo. Here's another example.
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish I all of my viewers a Happy New Year. I hope 2014 is a good one for you. Please keep checking back regularly, as there are quite a few post planned for January already.
This photo was taken of an arrangement in the Shinkyogoku Arcade in downtown Kyoto using a Nikon P7100 camera. In iPhoto I cropped it a little and bumped up the exposure a bit.
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