Little too early?

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Nov 11, 2010 08:55
Over the recent holiday, I rode my bicycle to Okutama which lies to the west of Tokyo, which is famous for its beautiful scarlet-tinged maples in autumn. It takes 3hours to get there from my home, so I left my home at 9:00a.m. As you know, Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in the world, but if you go 70km away from the central part of the city, you can enjoy vast wilderness.

I was looking forward to seeing the beautiful scarlet-tinged leaves very much, but after cycling for three hours, all I found were green mountains there. I couldn't believe my eyes. There were no scarlet-tinged leaves!

Some experts say, due to the global warming, the season of scarlet-tinged leaves is slowly getting later and later each year. Maybe I came too early. It was my fault.

I returned home disappointed. The three hours return trip seemed extremely long.