This week has been very characteristic of November:
On Tuesday, my landlord and landlady took me to the neighboring town of Asuke, where the autumn leaves are lit up at night (photos above and right).
On Wednesday, I went to Tokyo courtesy of NHK, who wanted me to take three bottles of giant hornet liquor to the studios for Thursday morning's TV show. The show was about Ena, the city where I live, and included some scenes about entomophagy.
Finally, on Friday and Saturday I went to Saitama, to attend a tea event celebrating the new year (photos below).
I`m going to Zimbabwe for the next couple of weeks, where the rainy season is just beginning. In my very limited experience of African rural life, the first rains prompt events that are not dissimilar from the autumn harvest in mountainous Japan: Mushrooms emerging overnight on the forest floor, and all sorts of social insects coming out in their hundreds..