In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Friday, December 11, 2015
Autumn in Kyoto
Living in tropical southeast Asia these past seven years... there's really only one season: HOT!
Ok... I guess you get a monsoon season, but that's just like taking a hot shower for three months.
So... by heading north to Japan, we finally get some real weather. (By the way, check out these Japanese tourists queued up outside a temple. How perfectly ordered is Japan! They must just MOCK the Chinese! Wait, they're Japanese, they wouldn't ever be so rude... as an American)
I have missed a lifetime of autumns.
Oh... back to Japan.
This is a freaky country!
But one that understands the subtle beauty of the seasons.
It had rained the week before we arrived, and most of the leaves had dropped to the ground, but my heart was full. My eyes clear. Chilled wind. Winter is on the way.