CHESTNUTS IN AUTUMN – Chestnuts are very popular in Japan. Warm, roasted chestnuts have such a rich flavor. I didn’t have chestnuts when I was a child, but I remember walking through knee-high piles of Autumn leaves that made a delightful crunchy sound as I kicked my feet along. The colors of the leaves and a crispness in the air shouted Autumn to all the senses. In San Diego, Autumn is announced by the departing of tourists more than a change in the weather!