On Saturday (when I was supposed to post this), my family and I had the privilege of going to see kouyou (autumn trees) in a garden in the prefecture of Shiga, one hour away.
I will show you some photos of our trip there, so you can enjoy the colorful leaves, but first I’ll tell you some background: the relationship between Japanese people and kouyou.
It is very traditional to go see kouyou, especially from the middle of November to the start of December. Almost as traditional as seeing the blooming cherry blossoms in spring.
It’s quite a sight to see the vast mountains splashed in red, orange, and yellow, or to pick up a leaf and see it painted with all different colors.
You might be thinking now that the autumn leaves in Japan are just the same as those in America. Well, take a look at this. The first image is a sight you would normally see in America, and the second is the typical sight in Japan.
The second one is a Momiji tree (Japanese maple), which typically grows in Korea, China, and (of course) Japan. I don’t know about you, but I like the momiji, with its slender arms reaching from the stems of the leaves and the red (or orange or yellow) color sweeping over the surface.
Now, I promised I would show you the pictures we took during our trip, so I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Have you ever gone to see the beautiful leaves in autumn? If so, tell me about it in the comments!
That’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed the post (and pictures)! Bye, and God bless!