Red leaves


紅葉, kouyou: momiji on Miyajima

As you may know, some people like to tell you how there are 4 seasons in Japan.
We are now in autumn, or as we ALTs are required to teach it, fall. The name does make more sense here than in Australia, because there are many deciduous trees in Japan.
Autumn leaves here are called 紅葉 kouyou (red leaves), and going to see them is a popular autumn pastime. Have I written about this before?
Anyway, being in Hiroshima and having some visitors at the moment, we decided to go to Miyajima, one of the most popular places for 紅葉 kouyou viewing.

dsc_0335It was unseasonably warm and pretty nice. For the leaves, mid-November is the time to go. Unfortunately, this fact is well-known and the rest of Japan and all its tourists were also there, so it took us a fair bit longer to do the walk up and down the mountain that I like to do. But it was worth it.

dsc_0357That’s about all I’ve got to say about that for now. It’s a particularly busy time of year, and there’s a lot going on round our house at the moment, so I probably won’t write a huge amount next week either. But more content-y content should be coming in December.

Hope you’re travelling well, reader, as we get to the pointy end of the year. See you next week.


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