Autumn is the season to not only see the leaves changing to brilliant shades of yellow and red, but is also crop harvesting season, and is known in Japan as the ‘Season for a Healthy Appetite’. It is an excellent time to enjoy a variety of food and fruits such as apples, persimmons, pears and grapes. Autumn is a comfortable season in terms of climate and fruit-picking tours are available all around Japan to enable visitors to taste the fresh fruits and juices of Japan, which are quite different to the tropical fruits and flavours found in Malaysia.
Another way to enjoy the season of a healthy appetite is to indulge in the Japanese style sweets which are only available at this time of the year. These popular sweets are made from seasonal produce such as chestnuts and yams and can be purchased at most department stores and convenience stores. Japan celebrates their own version of the Mooncake festival called, Otsukimi, where instead of exchanging Mooncakes, rice dumplings are offered to the moon at night. This is a great way to enjoy traditional Japanese customs and the tastes of autumn at the same time.