One of the things I love about living in Japan is just how drastically different it is from northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Living here has been a fantastic learning experience.
There are so many things that are different. One of the most evident is the difference in seasons. Japan has four completely distinct seasons: a blazing hot summer, a beautiful cool autumn, a mildly cold winter, and a pleasantly warm spring.
Minnesota and Wisconsin have two “real” seasons: Definitely cold, and possibly cold. Spring doesn’t really start until late April when all the snow is finally gone. Autumn is beautiful, but is always too short. Winter is long. Summer is short.
Because of the vast climate difference, there is also a tremendous difference in the growing seasons. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, the growing season is all too short. In Saitama Japan, it is year round. The crops changes of course, but something is always growing in the gardens.
What also amazes me are the flowers. There is always some type of flower blooming like crazy. Even in the dead of winter.