Summer is upon us, which I dread. I’m not much for hot weather, personally. Cool and cold weather are more my fair. I have something of an unhealthy obsession with collecting tall boots, coats, and sweaters– none of which can be worn in summer. Therefore, winter is their time to shine! Alas, winter’s moved on, and it’s time for me to transfer my wool coats into storage.
While I’m sad to put away my winter wardrobe, summer does have its benefits. Most notably, the later sunset. Usually I’m at work when sunset rolls around, but with the new schedule we’ve been on lately, I get off work shortly before the sun sets and can actually be outside to appreciate it on weekdays. My favorite part of winter is the reduced hours of sunlight. The sun is not my friend, after all. So, seeing the sun depart is both beautiful and relieving. Between sunrises and sunsets, the latter is my favorite for that reason.
Luckily for me, Ogaki has a great vantage point for beautiful sunsets: the pedestrian bridge between Ogaki Station and Aquawalk. You get a picture perfect view of the mountain in the distance and the sun settling behind it. Furthermore, while I’ve never seen fog inside Ogaki proper, I often see majestic cloud formations coiling around the mountains and hills, their shapes artfully defined by shadows, back-lighting, and refraction. I can almost forgive the Sun for its bright, burning torment when I see such beautiful sunsets.