Does everyobody emember how they make such a big fuss about cherry blossoms in Japan, in the spring? Rightly so: the newborn flowers are astounding and attract visitors from all parts of the world, so that they can enjoy some hanami (flower-viewing) together. But what happens in the autumn? Trees change, just as they do in the spring; autumn colours are just as breath-taking as the bursting blooms. I’m personally much more taken with autumn leaves turning yellow, orange or even ruby red than the white flowers of the spring. Lets’s see which trees make the Japanese fall so special!
First of all, we have to talk about the momiji, or Japanese maple, the symbol of the Japanese fall. The script for momiji also means koyo, or „the colours of fall”, „leaves turning crimson”, which is exactly what is so unique about the leaves of the Japanese maple: a fantastic transition from green to crimson red, through various shades of yellow and orange. This tree is native to Japan, so we can see it nearly everywhere and they also planted lots and lots of them in the country.
The second most popular tree in Japan is the gingko biloba, or maidenhair-tree, the leaves of which mostly just turn yellow, but their colour is still an amazing golden shade. You can find the most gingkos in Tokyo: this tree serves as the symbol of the city. It is worth checking them out in parks, Japanese gardens and surrounding shrines: these are the places where we are most likely to find gingko trees. Besides cities, trees of course live in the wild; these high mountain variations are slightly different from their urban relatives. Other notably beautiful species are the Japanese elm, Japanese horse-chestnut and the Japanese rowan.
The shedding of the leaves begins in the North, where it is colder, and this is quite contrary to what happens at the time of the sakura, which begins in the South of Japan. Of course, just like they do with the sakura, the Japanese have their forecasts as to which region has the most beautifully coloured trees in which month, so that we know where and exactly when to go! So, for example, we can visit the Daisetzuzan National Park as early as mid-September, whereas it is best to go to Nikko in the middle of November to see the amazing colours, and the Nara Park in the South offers a cavalcade of colours as late as the beginning of December!
As for a little gastro-detour, we have to mention the typical dessert of the autumn: ohagi, which is traditionally enjoyed at the time of the Fall Equinox. It is much like mochi, however, the sticky rice is on the inside and red bean paste (azuki) covers it from the outside!
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