Fall has almost, almost, arrived in Kyoto. It's still warm and muggy during the day but when the sun goes down, the temperature drops too. The nights have been cool enough for long enough that the leaves have finally started to change colour.
Fall and spring are arguably the most beautiful seasons in Japan. It's impossible to chose one over the other. Red maple leaves or pink cherry blossoms? The crispness of autumn or the warmth of spring?
Personally, I prefer winter. Cold, quiet and stark. It's also the only time of year when there are no cockroaches in Japan. They should put that in their tourist brochures.
Despite the disturbingly large number of cockroaches seeking warmth inside my apartment these days, fall is truly a lovely season. The yellow, orange and red leaves are dazzling.