I like most things about living in Japan. The people are friendly, the food is good, and I’m never at a loss for things to write about in my thrice-weekly J-List updates. Having four distinct seasons is also nice, especially coming from San Diego, where the seasons are “nice” and “slightly less nice.” Still, I wish autumn would be a bit more stable. Just last week I was sweating during a hotter-than-average day, actually turning my fan on, yet this week winter has decided to hit suddenly, with chilly temperatures that have me wearing my momohiki long underwear. The Japanese have a proverb that describes this: onna-gokoro to aki no sora, meaning “a woman’s heart is like the weather in the fall,” e.g. that you never know when the autumn weather or a woman’s mood will change on you suddenly.
You have to watch the weather in Autumn…and the hearts of women too.