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Today is 1st October. The day that, in Japan, autumn ‘begins’. High school students change from their spring/summer uniforms to autumn/ winter ones. Long -sleeved shirts/ blouses, thick jumpers, woolly blazers and for the girls, woolier skirts – still extremely short though.

When I was in Miyagi 2005-2007, it was de rigeur for the girls to wear long socks and bare flesh not covered up by tights/ pantyhose. I could never quite understand it, especially when the snow was falling thick and fast in winter. I wonder whether this high school ‘fashion’ still pervades?

Now, in Japan at least, autumn has officially begun.