(The End of) Lazy, Hazy Summer Days

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.

Watching the sunset from nearby Asamushi Sunset Beach.
Watching the sunset from nearby Asamushi Sunset Beach.
Grilling up some breadsticks. The burnt fingertips were worth it.
Grilling up some breadsticks. The burnt fingertips were worth it.
A floury food fight.
A floury food fight.
We made a roadtrip to a nearby town for their annual summer music festival.
We made a roadtrip to a nearby town for their annual summer music festival.
Naturally, delicious festival food came into play.
Naturally, delicious festival food came into play. (Even if it wasn’t really Japanese, like my caramel almond crepe…)
Fried chicken with mini-octopus hot dogs.
Fried chicken with mini-octopus hot dogs.
Fireworks galore.
Fireworks galore.

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.

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