Fall has always been my favourite time of year, and there’s nothing better than fall in Southern Japan. I’ve never been a summer person. I spend my summers sitting under the air conditioner, waiting for fall.
October in Osaka is wonderful. The air is dry. The wind is cool. The sun shines most of the time. And I come alive. Ten months of cool weather stretches before me.
I don’t love the summer, though lots of people do, but I really love the winters. I’m from Canada, where we know winter. We know snow and cold. Most Canadians wait for spring the way I wait for fall. Even in Canada I love the winter. I love skating and skiing and all winter sports. I love fireplaces and blankets and all things winter.
But in Osaka, the living is easy. A big snowstorm in Osaka barely classifies as a snowfall in Southern Ontario. Though Osaka people may tell you differently, they really don’t have winter here. They have five months of fall and four months of spring! You can’t beat that!!
Fall is better than winter because it’s full of promise. It’s a time to explore. It’s a time to get active.
It’s a time to do flyers, and not even melt! I don’t know if it’s me, but people seem happier in the mornings these days. There are so many smiles. People take my flyers happily.
It’s a time to network. I walk down the street with my cards in my hand. People are in a good mood. It’s easy to make contact.
Even walks at the river provide opportunity. Everyone’s happy and ready to chat.