A really interesting phenomenon in Japan is that people take trips, go on outings, specifically to experience a particular seasonal phenomenon, like cherry blossom and fall foliage viewing. Well, when in Japan, I suppose I must do as the Japanese do.
A little while ago, I took a few extra days of vacation to rest and relax. I have quite a few days to burn before I leave my job at the end of February, and so I am trying to take them here and there to make sure that I take time to myself now, rest, relax and recharge.
On one of the vacation days, I went with my friend, Chisako, to Kyoto to see the fall leaves. Peak colors were just a few days before we arrived, but we were still able to see some beautiful trees and enjoy the fall weather.
So, that was my experience of fall this year. I really am looking forward to a good, full-fledged Midwestern fall next year. One where you can’t walk down any street at any time without noticing the changes. Here, with the lack of large trees in city centres, it is so easy to miss all the beauty going on around. It is, perhaps, the time of year that I miss being at home the most.