Autumn is an exceptionally beautiful season in Japan, and many Japanese folks go driving and hiking at this time of year to see the gorgeous autumn leaves as they change colors. The yellow, orange and red leaves often make it appear as if the hillsides are on fire. There are still occasional barbecues at this time of the year, as families and groups of friends sit outside and observe the spectacle that nature provides.
Last year, Mandy and I decided to do just that. We currently live in Matsusaka city, but we still have a place in the mountains above Matsusaka, and drove there one weekend in November to check out the fall leaves. On the way up the mountain, we admired the beautiful bridges and the little autumn bonuses like pampas grass on the side of the road, autumn foliage on view as we drove, and roadside flowers, not to mention clear blue skies (with the obligatory hawk or kite of course).