こめ – kome – rice
Ears of rice turn bright yellow after being raised through an entire year. Harvest season lasts for a month.
ゆず – yuzu – yuzu citrus
Its distinctive yellow and flavor is loved by many. Some place them in their bathtubs to enjoy its scent.
くり – kuri – chestnut
I still regret dropping this natural weapon onto my grandma’s back from a tree some years ago. Sorry grandma, didn’t mean it.
コスモス – kousmosu – cosmos
Also written as 秋桜 (Autumn cherry blossom), many visit mountains to see this iconic symbol flower in Autumn.
えだまめ – edamame – young soybeans
All time favorite for beer lovers, but not just for them. It’s widely eaten after being boiled and tasted with salt.
いちょう – icho – ginkgo
While it is mostly planted along along the streets, it can be seen in cities too.
さつまいも – satsumaimo – sweet potato
This symbolic food during Autumn is widely eaten in Japan. It’s often cooked using heated stones.
もみじ – momiji – maple
It is perhaps the most popular symbol that turns cities and mountains into a beautiful scenery.
かき – kaki – persimmon
Some of this can’t be eaten without cooking as it has a heavy astringent taste; while some are for raw eating.
We hope this post can help you find conversation topics with your students, and understand Japanese culture better.
Tokyo, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, METI, CC BY 4.0 International
Located at 10-minutes distance from Tokyo station by train, Korakuen park is loved by many for its bright red maple trees in a Japanese garden.
Fukushima Shiramizu Amida-do Hall (National Treasure), METI, CC BY 4.0 International
A temple or shrine goes well with red maple leaves. While those places welcome everyone regardless of your religion or belief, you can just visit there for sightseeing.
Shizuoka, Shuzenji Onsen Town, METI, CC BY 4.0 International
If you want to enjoy Autumn in a natural environment, take an hour long train ride and visit here. Beautiful nature, hot spring, nice food await you.
dokusho no aki
shokuyoku no aki
geijutsu no aki
dokusho = reading
shokuyoku = appetite
geijutsu = art
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