With school back in session a week now, summer is winding down to an end in Aomori. Thankfully, this year we haven’t been plagued with the same horrible, late-set heat as last year, and hopefully that trend continues throughout September. Enough with the sun…bring on the cool rains and crisp breezes of autumn. The sooner the better, I say.
As anxious as I am for autumn’s arrival, this summer was definitely a success in my book. It was far more relaxing than last year’s, and that was what I needed. Aside from Nebuta festival, climbing Fuji, and a trip to Tokyo, my summer was spent barbecuing on the beach (with part of the Japanese Olympic curling team!), swimming in the bay, and just generally lazing around. Not at all a bad way to spend the hottest months of the year.
All in all, it was a very good summer. When summer vacation first started, I joked that “Il dolce far niente”, an Italian phrase that means “the sweetness of nothing”, would be the theme of my vacation. Turns out that was a pretty accurate phrase, and this post proves it. Originally it should have been three or four separate posts…but “the sweetness of nothing” got the better of me.
Now, though, I’m ready for a sweetness of a different sort: all things autumnal, from apples and pumpkins to changing leaves and chilly mornings.