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While summer is overstaying its welcome, we can still enjoy fall air

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The Japanese expression “sankan shion” (literally, three cold and four warm) is used in early spring when cold and warm days tend to alternate.

I am tempted to make up a new expression, “sanryo shisho” (three cool and four hot), for early autumn.

We are finally getting some seasonably cool days. But then the mercury rises again, as if we are being visited by summer and autumn in turns.

One day, the sky definitely looks like autumn with “iwashigumo” (small, fleecy cirrocumulus clouds). Then, the towering “nyudogumo” (cumulonimbus thunder clouds) of the summer return the next day.

Still, if I lower my gaze all the way down to the ground, I........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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