Monthly Archives: May 2009

2008 Autumn Roadtrip – Part V


Japanese occasionally describe clean, fresh air by saying “空気が美味しい” (kuuki ga oishii) which literally means “the air is delicious.” I never understood that, because you know, you want to eat delicious things, and who wants to eat air? Well. After driving up into the mountains for about an hour, it suddenly began to make sense. Because my friends, the air up there? It was delicious…! It’s hard to explain, but it was so… fresh. so crisp, yet with a full body. It had earth undertones, and hints of dew and moss. It wasn’t thick, but it wasn’t sharp and thin either. It was… well, delicious..! (Hmm, I just sounded like I was writing a wine description). Simply put, I wanted to eat that air.