The season I’m most grateful for? That’s a tough one. Although I do like autumn or fall best in Japan, I’m also very grateful for the other seasons for various reasons.
Let me explain.
Spring: The beautiful sakura or cherry blossoms signal spring and are beautiful at their peak. The weather is cool and crisp in the mornings and evenings and the wind that comes to blow away the blossoms is strong and reminds us of just how delicate life is. It’s the time for cleaning away the old and bringing in the new. It’s a time for happiness and celebration because winter and the cold weather is gone. Kampai!
Summer: Summer in Japan is the time for summer festivals with fireworks and lots and lots of beer. Oh and foods like shaved ice and fresh seafood. It’s hot and humid and of course there’s the rainy season, but it’s also the time for holidays and hanging out with your friends.
Autumn/Fall: The red and yellow leaves are just spectacular and this is definitely my favorite time of year. The weather is beautiful and the skies are clear and blue. The sun is shining and people are making the most of the last warmer days before preparing for winter. The food is the best with pumpkin and chestnuts appearing everywhere.
Winter: Although it’s cold and there’s often snow, the sight of flakes falling from the sky is truly magical. It’s time to rug up and read a book, or alternatively, to get out there and embrace the fresh chill air! There’s foods like oden to keep you warm and hot sake is just perfect to drink to warm your insides too.
Yep, I’m grateful for all the seasons here in Japan.