Maple Seeds

Maple Seeds

The seeds have started to grow on the maple trees in the temple grounds! When I was a kid we used to call the seeds on maple trees “helicopters” because of the way they spin as they fall. I wonder if that’s still what they call them now? Apparently the seeds are able to travel quite some distance thanks to their “wings.” In Japanese they are called yokka or yokuka and the word is written with the characters for “wings” and “fruit” (翼果). Their likeness to helicopter propellors is also noted in Japan, and while “yokka” is the correct term for the seeds, it seems that it isn’t used much…

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