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Autumn in Japan

Many people feel that autumn in Japan is the most beautiful season. The leaves change colours in the many parks and mountain forests, and there are many seasonal fruits and vegetables that are very tasty.

You can hike up many of the easily accessible trekking routes as well as visit many of the celebrated temples and shrines with breathtaking scenery, and enjoy the joys of Japan's sightseeing.

Here in this blog by a Japanese teacher Chiharu Takase, you can find one person's view of what is fun in autumn and what she looks forward to. Listen to the blog being read out on the YouTube video to practice your Japanese listening. And study the vocabulary and Kanji as you scroll down this blog.

Fall fun


By TAKASE Chiharu








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Fall Fun

The state of emergency in Japan was lifted at the end of September. We are hoping that the towns will gradually return to their lively atmosphere. The weather has become cooler and more comfortable just at this time. I think it's going to be a fun autumn.

What kind of things do you look forward to in autumn? I'm practicing tea ceremony, so the first thing I look forward to is the delicious 'matcha' green tea. November is the season when we use new 'matcha' green tea in the tea ceremony, and the tea room equipment changes into the versions for autumn and winter. The 'matcha' tastes more delicious as the temperature drops. I guess that's obvious since it is made with hot water.

And when it comes to autumn, chestnuts are what comes to mind. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that it's autumn when I see chestnuts. You put chestnuts in rice to make chestnut rice, as well as chestnut rice cakes, and zenzai. There's chestnut in Mont Blanc cakes but I prefer chestnuts when they still have their original shape.

Last but not least, the classic autumn thing is the autumn leaves. The autumn leaves that have turned a pretty red or yellow are nice, but the dead leaves that are mixed in with the autumn leaves that have been swept up with a broom also leave a fine taste of autumn. "It seems to be telling me that “winter is almost here”. A half year ago the leaves were green, but after six months they have changed colour and start to fall. Plants are the ones that remind us of the cycle of the seasons.

The green of the green tea, the yellow of the chestnut, and the red of the autumn leaves.

This year it looks like I will be able to go outside and enjoy the autumn. Please let me know if you find any fun autumn things too.

緊急事態宣言 【きんきゅうじたいせんげん】 declaration of a state of emergency

しつらえ equipment; installation; facilities; arrangements

栗 【くり】 Japanese chestnut (Castanea crenata)

ほうき broom

巡り 【めぐり】circumference

Konnichi-wa, everybody. Hajimemashite. My name is Chiharu Takase.
I was born in the spring, that's why my parents decided to include the the Kanji for spring (haru) in my name. My hometown is in Yamaguchi prefecture on the western coast of Honshu, but now I live in Kyoto, one of Japan's early capital cities. I'm married with one son, and my hobby is the Japanese tea ceremony.

Learning a new language, including Japanese, can be tough at first, but once you start comprehending the patterns and rhythm, you'll find that there is nothing more interesting. Do what you can, when you can, and enjoy the challenge. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in our online Japanese classroom. Let's spend an enjoyable 50 minutes together. Dozo yoroshiku onegai-shimasu.

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