sunsetJust before the winter weather settled upon Japan a few days ago, we had one last balmy autumn day.

Tonnes of people were out walking around, basking in the pleasant mood of the riding bicycles, dogs chasing frisbees, retired folks going for a stroll by the river.

Perhaps it was my imagination, but as the final minutes of the day approached, the sun seemed to hover above the horizon just a little bit longer than normal, as if bidding farewell not just to the day, but also to the season.