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Come autumn, the Japanese will throw around phrases that point to seasonal hobbies such as supōtsu no aki (autumn of sports), geijitsu no aki (autumn of art) and dokusho no aki (autumn of reading).

The first two are reflected in the sports and culture festivals held at the nation’s schools, but the dokusho no aki is said to come from the fact that the weather is getting cooler and it’s more pleasant to sit around with a book and a cup of tea.

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