I have to assume this is the Japanese Maple
Connor and I were at Arisugawa Park today, the one right across from the apartment. I was wondering if the trees were going to change colors and I was pleasantly surprised. It finally feels like fall here, albeit still on the warm side most days. So Connor and I were up by the playground and somebody starts talking over a loudspeaker, in Japanese. I wondered if maybe there was an emergency, like an earthquake, although I didn't feel a tremor and no one seemed alarmed, so I waited. And as usual after this woman spoke for a good 30+ seconds she said one brief sentence in English. "Please take your dog's droppings from the park."