Autumn Beauty: Sankei-en Yokohama

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. The leaves may fall and beckon the cold of winter, but there is a certain beauty to melancholy that can’t be described.

Since November and early December will be a blur of obligations, study, and travel, I’ve tried to make the most of the few free days in between. From hiking in Oku-Tama to running along the Tama River to strolling the gardens of Sankei in Yokohama, the last two Sundays have been active and filled with foliage.

Having visited Sankei in July, I was keen to return to it wearing an autumn mask. While it was a bit early for the full flare of autumn reds and golds, there was enough color to envision what will come in a short time.

We also made a trip to Hotel Chinzanso, formerly the Four Seasons, near Edogawabashi Station. Known for its firefly-filled valleys in July, the hotel grounds are beautiful throughout the years. It’s no wonder the Four Seasons name fit so perfectly before. Once again, it was too early to enjoy in its prime, but lit by red lights, the night-time views of foliage and pagoda reflected into the pond were stunning.

Soon the leaves will go, taking with them unexplored autumn landscapes and dream-like visions. It’s a bittersweet thought, but there isn’t enough time or energy to stop by every beautiful place in the city and surroundings. That’s why it’s important to enjoy the few I can see now and to cherish the idea of autumn when it cannot be found any longer.

After all, autumn gives way to more wonderful things, like Christmas and soon enough, spring. Holding on would be a waste of breath and excitement.

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