"Kyoto and its royal courts were once strictly regulated by the changing seasons - many of the ancient traditions still exist.
- Shokuyoku no aki (time of hearty appetites) so as the heat dies down, the Japanese enjoy culinary treats such as maple leaves in tempura
- Tsukimi (moon viewing) when people stand on a hill with lashings of tea to view the harvest moon which is thought to be larger and more radiant than at any other time
- Dokusho no aki (autumn reading) because the shorter days make one more reflective than during the brassier days of summer
- Supotsu no aki (autumn sport) as students enjoy the "crisp autumn air," despite the fact that typhoon season makes early autumn here anything but crisp"