TEN REASONS TO VISIT JAPAN IN AUTUMN
Have you ever been to Japan in the fall season? Japanese autumn is rich in activities that will allow you to fully enjoy the charm of the country and get to know all the facets of its culture: cuisine, art, traditions, subcultures and much more. In this article we will list 10 reasons to take an autumn trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
1. AUTUMN LEAFLETS
If you say the word “autumn”, the first thing the Japanese think about is Japanese leaf fall. They love to spend the autumn season in peace and tranquility, watching the cheerful green of the leaves give way to the fiery colors of the season.
Especially we advise to visit Meigu-in in Kamakura (Kanagawa prefecture). A round fire is cut through the wall of the building through which you can enjoy the view of the bright red leaves. This ingenious architectural solution allows you to focus on the beauty of nature, without being distracted by anything else. Once in Meigutsu-in, you instantly feel the mystical atmosphere of this place, from which the air will seem fresh, and the foliage – even brighter.
If you are going to take an autumn trip to Japan, take note of this landmark: we recommend visiting Meigetsu-in to enjoy the spirit of ancient Japan. Entrance fees vary from season to season, but usually a ticket costs ¥ 300 per person.
2. FIRE FESTIVALS
These pine torches were lit then to rest the souls of those who fell in the war during the Sengoku era. They also express respect and gratitude to their ancestors. Starting with bright fire and ending with sheaves of sparks that soar into the air with a bang, all this can be called a unique example of how the Japanese relate to the unsteady essence of being.
The fiery festival in the photograph – one of the largest in Japan – is held annually in November in the city of Sukugawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. Twenty-two pine torches, each ten meters high and weighing about three tons, perfectly illuminate the dark night surroundings.
3. SEASONAL HARVEST
Seasonal harvests in the autumn season bring matsutake mushrooms, saury, chestnuts, ginkgo nuts and many other products to the Japanese.
Among the listed natural riches, matsutake mushrooms are considered a special high-class product. The Japanese simply adore them! They truly reflect the changing seasons. If you have friends living in Japan, be sure to bring them matsutake – they will be incredibly happy with such a gift. But do not forget to try the rest of the tastes of autumn, of course.
Japanese Halloween is significantly different from its western counterparts. On October 31, Japanese youths put on the brightest outfits, day and night they gather in large companies and participate in street processions. The most famous Halloween venues are Shibuya and Roppongi, but dozens of other places are scattered throughout Tokyo, where participants also gather. If your trip coincides with Halloween, we strongly recommend to do everything to enjoy its atmosphere.
5. TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION
Tokyo Girls Collection is an event where the charm, bravery and beauty of Japanese girls overshadow everything. Add to this the latest collections of fashionable Japanese designers – and the audience will be delighted to applaud the models as they walk down the runway in beautiful clothes.
The first Tokyo Girls Collection was held in August 2005. Since then, it is held twice a year. The event is not limited to the fashion show: it is played by famous musicians. Although most of the visitors are the weaker sex, the atmosphere at the event reigns such that men do not have to feel uncomfortable. If the dates of your autumn tour in Japan coincide with the time of the Tokyo Girls Collection, be sure to try to get it!
6. MEGURO SANMA MATSUR
The festival of Meguro Sanma is remarkable in that its participants can receive for free one of the essential products of the Japanese autumn – fish called saury.
It is held annually near the Tokyo station Meguro. This festival was designed to breathe new life into the area. Taking part in Meguro Sanma Matsuri, you will certainly get to know the locals, as well as learn to understand all the subtleties of saury taste.
7. TOKY GAME SHOW
If you are an avid gamer, this event will definitely attract your attention! During the world’s largest video game convention, the Tokyo game show, participants can familiarize themselves with the latest proposals of the Japanese game industry, gathered under one roof. Also, various cosplayers ready to take a picture with you as a souvenir, and photographers who will compete with you for the attention of the most beautiful girls, take part in the event. Apparently, this is a special modern way to meet the Japanese autumn!
8. UNIVERSITY FESTIVALS
Autumn is also notable for the fact that all Japanese universities organize holidays and balls. Of course, the entrance to them is free.