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September 2021

THE COLORFUL LEAVES OF AUTUMN IN JAPAN

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  • THEME FOR SeptemberTHE COLORFUL LEAVES OF AUTUMN IN JAPAN

    Japanese people have appreciated the changing colors of autumn since ancient times. In this month’s Highlighting Japan, we introduce some famous spots for viewing the autumn foliage, from mountains and lakes to temples and museum gardens. We look too at some of the beautiful creations that colorful autumn leaves have inspired, including paintings, kimono fabric designs, and seasonal Japanese sweets.

     

FEATURES

  • The Autumn Colors of Japan

    An interview with Matsutani Shigeru, the honorary director of Kyoto Botanical Gardens

  • Aomori Autumn Colors Set a Lake Aflame

    Tsuta Numa Lake in Towada City, Aomori Prefecture, reflects trees with red autumn leaves like a mirror

  • An Urban Art Museum with a Garden of Beautiful Autumn Leaves

    Nezu Museum in central Tokyo has an authentic Japanese garden with beautiful crimson foliage in autumn.

  • A Temple’s Autumn Colors Bring Comfort

    Yokoku-ji temple, founded some 1,200 years ago in present-day Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, is a famous spot for viewing the autumn colors.

  • Mt. Daisen Covered in “Seven Colors”

    Mt. Daisen in western Tottori Prefecture is covered in richly colored leaves in the autumn when the whole mountain is said to have leaves of “seven colors.”

  • Kimono with Autumn Leaf Patterns

    The kimono, Japan’s traditional garment, uses patterns, colors and other means to express the autumn season.

  • Autumn Wagashi Bring Color to Kyoto

    In Kyoto, a heartfelt love for the beautiful autumn colors is expressed in wagashi, traditional Japanese confectionery.

  • Appreciating Autumn Foliage Masterpieces and a Garden’s Autumn Colors

    The Adachi Museum of Art in Shimane Prefecture, famous for its beautiful gardens, houses a collection of Nihonga masterpieces depicting autumn leaves.

TOPICS

  • Addresses by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on the Occasions of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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