Wednesday, November 25, 2009

3-day fall foliage??

Over the 3-day weekend, we went to check out the Fall foliage.

Saturday was the only day that was forecasted to be sunny. Only problem was that Satoshi had his German class in the afternoon.

We got up early and went to Minoo Park to see the Fall Foliage at Saikoji. Some of the leaves had turned reddish, but for the most part, I think it needs another week.

We thought about going all the way in to see the foliage near the falls, but realized we didn't have too much time, plus in recent years, the foliage near the falls have been quite disappointing, not red like most photos advertise.

Sunday was forecasted as cloudy, but when we awoke, it was sunny, so I brewed some coffee, and threw some koto-man into a bag and we caught the bus to Kyuanji.

We arrived there earlier than the opening time, so we had our koto-man and coffee on a stone wall outside.

The flavors had changed since the last time I went, so this time we had yuzu (citron), tsukune imo (a type of Chinese yam), matcha cream (kind of like matcha buttercream), roasted sweet potato and kuri azuki (chestnut with adzuki--They were giving out flyers and on it had a coupon for a free koto-man).

The sun stayed out less than half an hour and then for the rest of the day it was overcast and kind of cold.

Since we were already out, we decided to check out Tada Shrine in Kawanishi.

The leaves here weren't too red either, but we were glad to be able to get out and about.

Monday started out really cloudy and overcast, so we decided to just stay at home. Wouldn't you know that after making that decision, the sun decided to peek its head out for the rest of the day?

The weather over the long weekend wasn't too cooperative, hopefully we'll be able to experience more foliage next weekend.


Tamara Marnell said...

Argh. I need to stop reading this blog right before dinner. Matcha buttercream....

Rona Y said...

This autumn has certainly been strange, hasn't it? The maple leaves where I work just started changing less than a week ago (I work on a small "mountain", so it's a bit cooler up there). And the worst part of the warm autumn--there are still mosquitoes!! What's up with that?

Hopefully Engyoji will still be beautiful by the time I get up there.

K and S said...

I think every year the seasons get weirder, Rona. I hope your Autumn spot will be beautiful when you visit :)

Sorry Tamara though I hear that a lot :p

Take care you two.

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - You're studying French and Satoshi is doing German....sounds like a big vacation is in the works???? ;o)

K and S said...

I wish I could say there is, Kirk, hopefully soon :)

Take care.

jalna said...

Beauuutiful photos!

K and S said...

Thank you Jalna :)

Take care.

Rowena... said...

And here I am pissing and moaning for having to rake the yard all the time! A good thing that no chestnut trees extend over our property. If they did, I know that we'd have a lot more leaves than what already blows in on the wind!

Debinhawaii said...

Such gorgeous photos and your kotoman breakfast sounds delicious too. ;-)

K and S said...

Good, but by the time we ate lunch Debinhawaii, I was starving!!

I enjoy the beauty of the leaves/flowers Rowena, but I also think about how hard it must be to clean it all up too!

Take care you two!

Dhanggit said...

oh i miss momiji!!

K and S said...

don't the leaves change in Provence Dhanggit?? you gotta come back to Japan for a visit :)

Take care.

Barbara said...

I love autumn colours. And I love spring blossoms.

K and S said...

Those are my two favorite seasons in Japan too Barbara :)

Take care.