does absence make the heart grow fonder? II

The colours of autumn in Japan are quite spectacular.  

My hometown summer days can extend beyond 40ºC (104ºF) for a week or more, and in winter it never snows. There's just not enough chill in winter to bring out any of the colours that exotic northern hemisphere trees demand—let alone enough water to sustain them! I could travel 30 minutes to see a sprinkling of colour in some of the Adelaide hills, but they're a pale facsimile of the brilliance, and joy (good article here from the NYT about the nature of 'joy'), that autumn in Japan and elsewhere brings.