Early Autumnal days

Autumn crept around the corner and suddenly the days felt as crisp as the fallen leaves. It was still warm enough to swim in the Japan Sea in late October and a stream of wonderful visitors felt genki enough to don bathing suits to the disbelieving gaze of locals. Visitors en route from Korea and to New Zealand joined in karaoke marathons, puri kura flirtation, flea market dwelling, sashimi devouring. Octobers soundtrack featured Japanese rap in the grounds of our local shrine, a Japanese Speech Contest for a bouquets of international talents, Bulgarian yodelling at Oktoberfest and Yatai ordering above the sound of Friday night traffic.