(* Chinese is below the English text)

 

Part 1

 

Japan is a country where each of the four seasons never fails to present its’
distinct colors. For each season, the residents of Japan have their own ways
of celebrating its’ beauty. From gazing at the fluffy pink cherry blossoms
to the magnificent falling colors of autumn, from the refreshing taste of
chilled watermelons to the heart-warming hotpot dishes of winter, Japanese
society and natural environment have created, in my opinion, an incredible,
time-realizing atmosphere all year round for the people to enjoy.

 

Since I was a child, due to my father’s occupation, I’ve moved around
the globe and lived under the influence of all kinds of cultural backgrounds.
However, none of them have given me the feeling of joyous holiday spirit
in such a strong manner the way Japan has. Having just moved to Tokyo in
September of 2015, I find myself ohing and wowing in amazement all the time,
for the lifestyle is just unbelievably active holiday-wise. In this particular
ICC blog post, I would like to share with you the kind of unique autumn beauty
in Japan which I’ve found to be especially mesmerizing.

 

Speaking of autumn, what comes to mind may very well be the falling and changing
colors of leaves. Compare to the somewhat lacking greenery urban scenes of Taipei,
the natural environment in the bustling city of Tokyo seemed much better preserved.
Relatively large in area, there are many places and parks in Japan where one can
visit in order to grasp the essence of autumn. However, if I were to just go over
the famous tourist spots for leaf-viewing that would be too commercialized.
The kind of beauty that I am interested in introducing is the type where you
imagine yourself strolling casually on the way back to the dorm when suddenly,
a couple of leaves gently brush by the top of your head as they subtly, softly
fell on the ground. To me, that sort of experience is much more emotional and
inspirational, making it worthwhile to talk about here. As a freshman who needs
to commute from dorm to campus on a regular basis, the path to school is basically
the same every single day. By the time the fall semester had started, around the
end of September and the beginning of October, the feeling of autumn is not that
strong yet, and the leaves on the sides of sidewalks still remain beaming with
life and different shades of green. Then, as the pace of sunset quickens,
roughly around the end of October, one can almost smell the crisp cool air
which signals the coming of autumn. Now by this point some of you may be
wondering by being able to smell the approaching of autumn, do I mean smelling
autumn delicacies like grilled fish? Of course, I also smell the fish,
but at this point I am still focusing on the leaves. To be more precise,
by the smell of autumn I mean the smell of cool air mixed with the piled up
leaves on the floor with a hint of earth. If you happen to be inside Waseda
Campus by this time, then you would probably be familiar with the…uh….
distinct smell of Ginko. So you abruptly look up, and realized that everything
has changed! That’s right, as you briskly walk by every day to catch the
next lecture, the leaves had gradually been dyed by the colors of season,
and now they are the vibrant, eye-catching colors of bright yellow,
fiery orange, and passionate red. Then you look to the side, and was surprised
to see that even the short bushes on the side, the ones that you had always
thought to be evergreens, even they had caught up with the trend and put on a
blazing red outfit.

 

To be continued…

 

LL (Student Staff)

 

 

三部曲—<一>

 

日本是一個基本上四季分明的國度。而每個季節日本的居民們則都有
自己的一套慶祝方式。不論是從觀賞生意盎然春天的粉嫩櫻花到微冷秋天的
華美落葉,還是品嘗酷夏時節沁涼的西瓜至寒冷冬季暖人身心的鍋物,日本的
社會及自然環境都為當地的居民們創造了在我眼裡,那一種最動人的、
能把一點一滴流逝中的時間給實體化的強大氛圍。

 

從小因為父親工作的關係時常在不同國家及城市之間來回游走,住過了
那麼多地方,但還真是從未如此強烈地感受過日本(東京)等級的佳節氣氛。
從2015年9月才剛開始了日本式生活的我,真的震撼了。截至目前為止也不過
才短短幾個月, 只受過了入秋及入冬的洗禮,但日本人對節日節氣的重視已在
我腦海中留下了深刻的印象。在本篇ICC的部落格,我想和大家分享一些我所
觀察到的、日本秋季所獨有的那種美。

 

到秋天,就一定會想到落葉。和在我眼裡台北那稍嫌稀少的綠葉環境不同,
東京雖然是世界有名的大城市,卻也因為佔地廣大(相較來說)且交通便利
而有不少賞楓的景點。但單單是介紹有名景點的楓葉就太商業化了,
我所重視並想描述的是那種稀鬆平常走在回宿舍的路上突然頭上被幾片
落葉給點過的那種浪漫。身為一位有通勤必要的大學新鮮人,從宿舍到校園
的那條路線基本上就是固定的,說不準就是蒙上眼睛用摸的可能也到得了的
那種熟悉。開學時的9月底10月初那時節還不太有秋天的感覺,街道兩旁的
綠葉也依舊青翠。但隨著太陽下山步伐的快轉,漸漸地在10月底左右,空氣中
便嗅得出那麼點秋天的味道。可能話說至此大部分的人會想說是不是在講烤魚,
烤魚那我當然也聞到了,但更明確一點是指微冷的空氣混和著地上那逐漸堆積腐朽
的落葉的那種氣味。在早大校園則是那銀杏白果的...呃...獨特的香味。
於是你猛一抬頭,竟發現變了!沒錯,樹葉在你趕著課那倉促的腳步聲後一點一點
地染上了搶眼招搖的黃色、橘色、紅色。再低頭一看,赫然驚覺怎麼連那感覺是
萬年長青的小矮叢也跟著潮流換上了火紅的衣裳。再愣個幾秒,突然一陣風吹過,
你下意識地打了個哆嗦,覺得自己的短袖上衣和夏威夷短褲好想不夠保暖了。
於是在心中,你被大自然點醒了...秋天到了。

 

LL (Student Staff)