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Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

October 31, 2017 by admin

Viewing the changing colors of fall leaves or foliage, called koyo in Japanese, is autumn’s answer to spring’s more famous cherry blossom viewing; a traditional opportunity to get outdoors to live in the moment of the season and reflect on the impermanence of it all. Appreciation of the beauty of the changing seasons has been a Japanese characteristic since ancient times, and is even referenced […]

Falling for Shukkeien Garden: Autumn in Hiroshima City

October 16, 2017 by Jade Brischke

If you haven’t been to Shukkeien Garden in central Hiroshima City then do yourself a favour and go during autumn. Although beautiful in any season, the night autumn foliage illumination is the perfect opportunity to explore the garden. The original garden was built in 1620 by Ueda Soko, master of the tea ceremony and Asano […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

October 16, 2017 by Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that the splendor of all four seasons can be appreciated wherever you live. And this heightened awareness of seasonal beauty is complemented nicely by Japan’s plentiful mountains, forests, beaches, and even a desert (!) meaning that a change of scenery is a simple train or bus ride away. In […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Hiroshima

October 15, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

The Japanese are proud of the four distinct seasons Japan offers and very conscience of the changing of the seasons around them. They often celebrate little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the occasion. Long sleeve, or short sleeve shirts for example are there one day, but gone the next as the […]

The Appetite of Autumn: Japanese Fall Foods

September 9, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

The return of oden to convenience stores in around mid-August Japan is a signal that fall is coming, and for many this means relief from the oppressive heat and humidity that kills the appetite.  In fact its rather good timing, as autumn foods are especially delicious;  they even have an old adage for it: 食欲の秋  (shokuyoku no aki) ‘autumn is […]

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