What are you recently doing in this cool season? Do you prefer to stay at home rather than going outside? This is the nicest season for an indoor type of persons too since you are able to concentrate on the things easily. Please try one of them not only sleep on your bed all day in Japanese autumn!
- Reading (Autumn for reading-読書の秋Dokusho no Aki)
The origin of the idea of reading in autumn came from China. One of the lettermen in Tang period left the poem written that ‘Autumn is the best season for reading with lights since it’s a comfortable climate’. Then, one of the famous Japanese novelists introduced this sentence in his novel. Anyway, even if you can not read hiragana, you should try reading some books in Japanese at this opportunity! I recommend you to read picture books for children (絵本Ehon) if it’s your first step! Most of the Japanese people should read Japanese old tales in our childhood. Here is some recommendation from those!
<Japanese old tales-日本昔話Nihon mukashi banashi>
・Omusubikororin (おむすびころりん) etc…
There are so many nice books that you might like. I will give you the Japanese website to find your favourite book. Just go to the website, and choose the button for the suitable age, which is located on the upper side. ‘歳’ means ‘years old’ in Japanese. So, if you don’t really have confidence on your Japanese, please try to find some from the category ‘0歳’. If you are a fluent Japanese user, please go to ‘大人’. Hope you will find out your autumn personal favourite!
- Museum tour (Autumn for arts-芸術の秋Geijutsu no Aki)
The word of ‘Geijutsu no Aki’ was introduced in a magazine. This word came from ‘芸術祭Geijutsusai’ which means ‘arts festival’ but also ‘autumn’ in a Haiku poetry. It means that Japanese people enjoy the arts in autumn since a very long time ago. There are tons of art museums in Japan, therefore, whether you are artists or not, please visit as many places as you can at this beautiful season! In addition, someplace offers interesting activities for only this period of time! I made a list of the art museums you should try for each district and I hope you will find some nice art spots!
Hokkaido: Sapporo Art Park(Sapporo)/ Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum(Otaru)/ Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art(Sapporo)
Tohoku district: Aomori Museum of Art(Aomori)/ Hiroshige Museum of Art(Yamagata)/ The Miyagi Museum of Art(Miyagi)/ Morohashi Museum of Modern Art(Fukushima)
Kanto district: The National Museum of Western Art(Tokyo)/ The National Museum of Modern Art(Tokyo)/ The Hakone Open-Air Museum(Kanagawa)/ Hara Museum ARC(Gunma)/ Utsunomiya Museum of Art(Tochigi)
Chubu district: MOA Museum of Art(Shizuoka)/ Toyota Municipal Museum of Art(Aichi)/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art(Ishikawa)
Kinki district: Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art(Kyoto)/ National Museum of Art(Osaka)/ MIHO Museum(Shiga)/ Nara Prefectural Museum of Art(Nara)
Chugoku district: The Sand Museum(Tottori)/ OHARA Museum of Art(Okayama)/ ADACHI Museum of Art(Shimane)
Shikoku district: Chichu Art Museum(Kagawa)/ Otshuka Museum of Art(Tokushima)/ The Museum of Art KOCHI(Kochi)
Kushu district: Kitakushu Municipal Museum of Art(Fukuoka)/ Iwasaki Art Museum(Kagoshima)/ Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto(Kumamoto)
- Craftsmanship (Autumn for arts-芸術の秋Geijutsu no Aki)
Do you remember doing colouring in your childhood? Recently, there are so many colouring books in bookstores of Japan. It is said that colouring has effects on reducing stress, improving concentration power and preventing your brain from getting older. The colouring books for adults are made more complicated than for children. But you just have to put on some colours! Everyone can start since it is easy and cheap. You would be better to go to big bookstore and stationery stores as they have lots of type of books and colour pencil!
Chigiri-e is a picture made by tear papers such as origami and Japanese papers (和紙Washi). It is also easy to do and good for your brains. You just need to prepare a paste, Japanese papers (can be Origami), example picture, hard paper, chalk paper and a pair of tweezers.
1: Put the chalk paper between hard paper and the example picture (example picture is upper)
2: Follow and draw a picture as the example picture
3: Get example picture and chalk paper away
4: Tear Japanese papers you like and put them on the hard paper with paste (use tweezers)
5: Dry for a few hours
How is my recommendation? Autumn is the best time not only for the outdoor type of person but also for an indoor person. Just open the window of your home and have a wonderful time in autumn!