Terrifying Walks and Autumnal Hues: Saturday 15th October

The weather up here in Hokkaido is eerily similar to that in England, minus the rain of course. Today a blanket mist, which wouldn’t have looks out of place on a Yorkshire coastline, settled over the area in the late afternoon, making visibility beyond approximately 50m in front of you an impossibility. This made the decision to walk the 10 km back from Touyako-Onsen, along a main road with no discernible footpath, an even more terrifying one than usual; well worth the ¥500 that I saved on the bus.

Mist and the Start of the Autumn Colours.

Kouyou (the Autumn colours) have arrived here in Touya, and the results are breathtaking. Everywhere you look the leaves and plants ate beginning to change into Autumnal hues, conjuring up images of the long winter nights that are to come, and making me wonder if I can realistically install an open log fire in my Tokyo apartment. Although I suspect that the answer is probably not.



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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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