I managed to get out before the rains came and went for a nice long bike ride in the Meiji no Mori Minoh quasi-National Park. Scenes of autumn were everywhere on this cool, damp, gray morning. Most of the rice has been harvested. The farmers hang the straw on poles in their fields. I am not sure what they do with it. The straw can be feed for livestock or plowed back in the fields.
I am eating several kaki (persimmons) per day, as this is the season. We eat them like apples although most people do not eat the skins. They are quite common in Japan and you can buy a dozen for $3.00 in the local supermarket.
It rained for the rest of the day today. A typhoon is coming on Monday so steady rain for the next couple days. It has been a rainy autumn so far, not cold, but wet.