What’s UP JAPAN! 10/13 ONAIR
Good day or evening or morning everybody! This is George Cockle from What’s Up Japan.
It’s already the second week in October. The year is going to be over before we know it. It’s a great time to see Japan. Not too hot, not too cold and most importantly not too humid. It is still typhoon season, and it looks like another big one is going to be landing this Saturday. It looks like another weekend of stopped trains and closed roads. The typhoons seem to be getting more and more intense the last few years.
Last year, the typhoons were so intense that they blew off all the leaves on our Gingko Biloba trees and our cherry trees. So the cherry trees blossomed sporadically and the Gingko Biloba trees had no beautiful yellow fall foliage.
Could it be global warming? I am really beginning to think so. I think the first people to notice the change in the weather from global warming were the gardeners in this country. They told me a few years ago that the plants were starting to act differently. They told me that many of the plants that did well in my area started to feel the stress of the long hot summers. I myself noticed that the bougainvilleas were starting to do well outdoors when they used to considered indoor plants. Another big addition to the scenery recently have been the Jacaranda trees will their wonderful purple-blue blossoms.
Some happenings in Japan.
Way down in Shikoku in the town of Takamatsu. The 13th Annual Ayagawa Autumn Festival on the 22nd of October.
It is a wonderful fireworks festival. The fireworks will be lighting up the skies from 19:20-19:50. Get there early to get some good seats along the riverbank.
There is a great place to visit if you are near the city of HIroshima.
Go check out the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kure Museum in Kure near Hiroshima. Your chance to actually go inside a full size Japanese Submarine. Get some of that tasty Naval curry there too. Here is the link.
If you are near Fukuoka here is a great day trip.
This is a relaxing spot for the people of Fukuoka, accessible in just 10 minutes by ferry from the terminal in Meinohama. Sitting in the middle of Hakata Bay, this island is just 12km round.
With daffodils and plum blossoms in winder, broccolini blossoms in spring, and cosmos in fall,
various flowers bloom throughout all four seasons at the Nokonoshima Island Park.
You can see all of Fukuoka from the Nokonoshima Lookout and
learn about Nokonoshima’s history and nature at the Noko Museum.
The area is also famous for the place where the writer Dan Kazuo spent his last days.
In the Tokyo area, check out Halloween in Kawasaki.
The biggest Halloween celebration in Japan. Everyone is decked out in costumes and a big parade on the final day. Remember, Japan is the home of Cosplay!
And last but not least, Yakiimo! Baked Japanese Sweet Potato.
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See you next week.