I’ve always been an Autumn person, but Autumn in Tokyo is why I live.
1. Weather- The haze that hangs over my head after Tokyo’s summer has finally cleared. It’s like waking from a slumber. I can feel a nip at my nose and it’s like I’m alive for the first time in months. Don’t get me wrong though, Autumn in Tokyo is actually very warm and sunny. To be honest it feels like Summer In Canada 🍁
2. Hot vending machines- I consider the best day of every year the day that I find the first vending machine switched to warm drinks. Hot cans of coffee, cocoa, corn and french onion soup at your slightest whim for the next few months. Score.
3. Soups and Hot Pots- It was after I came to Japan that I became a big soup lover. In Japan more than Canada, meals are very dependent on the season. The houses are lack of central heating here, and in exchange of that, meals are also used to warm yourself up. Waking up to a cold morning and making my own miso soup feeds my soul. Also, I would die happy if I ate sukiyaki for dinner everyday.
4. Can wear my hair down- Summers here are disgustingly hot and humid. I have dreads and curly hair. The curls go insane in the humidity and the dreads are way too damn hot, which is why for the summer seasons I’ve got to keep my hair off my neck! Nothing feels better than letting your hair down.
5. The Changing color of the leaves- The Japanese also really cherish this aspect of Autumn and in fact has its own noun, ‘Kouyou’. There is something almost sacred feeling when the Japanese Momoji trees turn their deep red, accentuating the temples Toori gates. Not to mention the mountainous landscapes that are transformed into such a lovely rusty palette that people often make special trips just to find the best ‘kouyou’ viewing areas.
What’s your favorite part of Autumn?
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