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The Changing of Leaf Colors

Ewa Nowogorski

If there’s one thing that Japanese people like to view more than cherry blossoms in the spring, it’s the changing leaf colors in the fall.

Fall is Japan’s second favorite season, and this is not only due to the cooler weather, but also due to the beautiful scenery that the millions of trees provide for the eyes. Tree viewing is one of the most popular activities during the fall, and people will go out of their way to different prefectures or the mountains to be able to witness the sights. Some people will also reserve tours on slow trains, monorails, and boats that cruise through ares with beautiful fall foliage.

The Japanese maple is a particularly famous tree. It can be tricky to grow, but its leaves give a beautiful display of red and yellow during the right fall months. Many people raise them in their gardens, or even try to grow bonsai versions of this beautiful tree. But people in Japan don’t just stop at looking at and raising trees. Some even take it a step further and eat them. Well, just the leaves anyways.

A popular snack in the fall in Kyoto, momiji tempura is maple leaf dipped in flour batter and fried. By some accounts, the leaves themselves don’t really have a flavor, but the fried batter around it is apparently tasty. It is one of those seasonal craze foods that Japan is obsessed with.

But whether looking at the leaves, raising the trees, eating the leaves, or just going outside for a walk on a cool autumn day, there is no way you won’t come into contact with and stop to appreciate the beautiful autumn foliage in Japan.

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