Last week I had to explain to my Japanese teacher that twilight wasn't just a movie! It seems to get dark so quickly in Japan (maybe it's just the time of year when I'm there) compared with Australia where it's like a couple of hours. Nice analogy by the way :D
Well, in the 8 months I have been here - I have noticed it is pretty quick. In Bellingham WA - especially summer time - from dusk to toal dark can take 4 hours or so.
Just reading through your blog; I know exactly what you mean when you talk about those little moments. I live for them! Sort of.