What I like about Japan is the availability of seasons in the country. Spring, summer, fall, and winter. You can feel and see the change of seasons in a distinct and clear manner. With Spring, come the cherry blossoms. Summer, the beaches open up and you can eat tsukemono and unagi. Fall (or autumn) is upon us when the leaves change color and fall, while winter snows and you can enjoy warm foods like nabe and oden.
In my home city, it generally doesn’t have four seasons. In Houston, it is mostly hot nine months out of the year, followed by 3 months of cold and rain. Essentially, the city has two seasons. So coming to Japan and experiencing four seasons was surreal.
Now, the stereotype about seasons in America is that all the cities in the country are similar to my hometown of Houston. That is actually not true. For example, places such as Washington DC, have a similar season climate to Japan, so there are places that have four seasons.
Overall, I love being able to experience different seasons and Japan is the perfect place for that.
1) What season do you like the most? What season do you dislike the most? Why?
2) In the spring, what are some activities you like to do with family or friends?
3) In the summer, what are some activities you like to do with family or friends?
4) In the fall, what are some activities you like to do with family or friends?
5) In the winter, what are some activities you like to do with family or friends?
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