Why Autumn Is My Favorite Season In Japan
Autumn is coming in Japan, and it’s my favorite time of year here!
Now, most Japanese people don’t like winter and love spring. Spring is a special season in Japan because the cherry blossoms open up and it’s a symbol of the earth awakening from winter. But to me, fall in Japan is just gorgeous.
People always tell you about the four seasons of Japan, and it’s true. Japan has four very distinct seasons and everybody has their special favorite. The summers are hot and sticky, the winters are cold and snowy. The spring and fall are both big changes, and you can see it everywhere.
Why do I like fall so much? Like I said, it’s gorgeous. The leaves all change colors, and you can look out in the trees and see reds, oranges and yellows among the green.
I also like autumn because the cool, breezy days are a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of summer. Let’s face it, my body’s not built for the Japanese summers, which are muggy and much hotter than I’m used to. Those first few fall days when you can open the windows and feel the breeze are simply heaven to me.
Summer can be nice, but it drags on. By mid-September, when you start to feel those cool breezes coming, everybody’s pretty tired of all the sweating. Usually, the typhoons start coming in the mid to late summer and that starts to cool everything down. You get some rainy days, but the nice days are wonderful.
Another great thing about Japan’s four seasons is that there is seasonal food! In the fall, you start to see oysters in season again. There is a delicious treat called kaki-fry, deep fried oysters. Doesn’t that sound great? You can’t get them in winter, spring or fall.
There’s also a great style of soup called oden, which is sold everywhere, even in convenience stores. It’s a mix of hard-boiled eggs, cabbage rolls, different kinds of seaweed, potatoes, daikon and pretty much anything else you can imagine, all served in a broth with spicy mustard on the side for extra flavoring!
Oden is cheap and delicious. It’s especially nice on those cool winter days. If you’ve never tried it before, go into 7-11 or any convenience store and check it out. It’s on the counter, usually, and you can choose what you want in it. If you’re like me and can’t remember the names of everything, just point and say, “gKore!”
The fall in Japan is a great time to take family out to do outdoors activities like hiking and camping. The heat’s died down a bit, it’s too cold for the mosquitoes, and most people have their vacations in summer, so you don’t have to worry about the crowds.
Japan has four seasons, and each one has a deep significance to the Japanese people. Everybody has their favorite, and autumn is mine!