Spring in Wakkanai is kind of a transitional period. We've just finished a glorious winter, and we know that a brilliantly lush summer is just around the corner.
There is a strange beauty in this time, if you look for it. It's easy to want this period to hurry by - after all, it's too late for skiing and too early for park golf.
However, there is something about this time that feels like a holy pause.
There's a catch of breath as we move from one season to the next.
I almost imagine a whisper. "Just wait. We've come from something amazing. And we are getting ready to go into something better than you can imagine."
"But just for now, wait.
Enjoy the anticipation as everything is reset, and get ready to be blown away.
But now, wait and enjoy the stillness."