Autumn (Tokyo Studio)

Hakuro: Flocks of birds gather grain/ swallows leave (3 of 5)

September 22nd, 2008

Hakuro 13 of 15
It was unexpected cool today – 20 maximum in Tokyo and I was caught without a cardy. But just as I thought the weather is finally cooling down, the week forecasts a return to high 20s maximums but with a downward trend towards the weekend.

It’s autumnal equinox tomorrow and Autumn is now everywhere (even if the weather is not what we think it should be). Shop displays all have the autumn theme: red maple leaves and suzuki (mostly plastic ones) are utlised liberally especially if the displays are associated with seasonal foods. I also noticed some early persimmons are already in stores.

I came across an enigmatic display in a single glass box of a shop in Roppongi’s Tokyo Midtown shopping complex. The title of the ‘exhibition’ is ‘the Moon and the Calendar’. I am afraid I wasn’t brave enough to go and see what the exhibition is as the shop looked very exclusive. The tall and wide entrance to the shop was obscured by a long noren, only the customers’ legs and feet can be seen. Nevertheless, I am quite sure that it is a shop that sells very expensive Japanese sweets and cakes. I think the title exhibit is a yokan with a chestnut in the middle.

3 Responses to “Hakuro: Flocks of birds gather grain/ swallows leave (3 of 5)”

  1. 1 brogan
    September 23rd, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Big storm promised last night, approaching (a bit strangely) from out west, but never really arrived. The threatening clouds produced only light rain. Did, however, manage to put an end to several days of uncomfortable early heat.

  2. 2 Jo's mum in HK
    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the post card. Glad to know how you are doing.

    In HK, it’s still very hot and dry though it is approaching the end of Sept. I think once Fall sets in in Japan, it will be very beautiful with the red falling leaves. Enjoy yourselves.

  3. 3 lizzie
    September 24th, 2008 at 2:28 am

    These weather discussions would seem very british to me – if it wasn’t for the actual weather you’re describing, which is more exciting than your average british forecast. Here in England it is now chilly, grey and a bit damp. But we have just had the most glorious end of summer weekend with soft blue skies, hot days, long evenings and fresh clear nights.