Ho-ho-ho, my friends.
It was quite a long winter, hot and boring. And even here, in always green and sunny Vietnam the typical winter prostration was holding me. But nothing lasts forever, Spring has come.
So let’s continue our interrupted journey into gorgeous Japan. Today I’m going to tell you about one of the significant events of the Island country – Watching autumn leaf colors.
Kouyou (Jap. 「紅葉」) – is a period when leaves are changing colors. Indian summer is always beautiful in every place that has all the Four seasons . But it’s especially beautiful in Japan.
In Japan, I met a Filipino guy Ninjiro, who came to Japan to teach English. And I was surprised to find out that there were some countries which don’t have the Four seasons. So there are people living in these countries who have never seen either a snow, or Indian summer. That’s why some tourists come from the south to the Land of the Rising Sun during this time.
On October the 17th (2015), Ninjiro, Thomas from Denmark and I went to watch the Kouyou on Lake Towada. These were the early days of the arrival of the Golden autumn to our region, so there was less “gold” than we would like it to.
The lake lies 400 meters (1,800 ft) above the sea level. A wandering road stretches along a mountain stream outflowing of the lake. The reason why hundreds of tourists come here is the last 10 km of the road.
The river is hidden in the shadows of great trees. It’s easy to imagine that somewhere in this fairy forest a dwarf Koroppokuru ( Jap. 「コ ロ ポ ッ ク ル」) is hiding behind a log, and a daemon Kappa ( Jap. 「河 童」) is waiting for you in the river.
Thomas was a student from Denmark. He worked in local greenhouses growing roses and tulips.
There was also a camping site, where our friend Hiroshi worked. Great place for camping!
Observation deck rises above the lake.
See you next time!