Experience Nature’s Alluring Eye Candy on Your Autumn Adventures Throughout Japan

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  • In September, the cold autumn breeze starts to kiss our sun-drenched skin in the long hot summer months. What a relief! Goodbye, scorching summer. Hello, delicate autumn! Just looking around makes my heart smile in excitement. Some leaves start to turn yellow, orange, red, and brown, and one by one they fall to the ground. There is something about fall or autumn that makes me fall in love with it over and over again. The amazing beauty it brings to the environment when leaves change colors is extraordinary. I always look forward to it every year and always take tons of pictures of the autumn trees that surround me. There are so many trees that make autumn colorful, but there are a few which are easy to find around every corner of your neighborhood.

    1. Cherry Blossom

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    This tree is famous in spring for its short-lived cherry blossoms or more popularly known as Sakura. Few may have noticed that the leaves of Sakura trees change colors first among the rest. The leaves turn yellow first before turning to orange and then gradually to brown. As I have observed, other trees start to change colors when Sakura trees have no more leaves at all.

    2. Baldcypress

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    This tree is so majestic in autumn. Its height, shape, and the deep orange brown color seems to conquer its surroundings and covers everything in its vicinity with its towering blaze of colors. This tree is commonly seen in parks and playgrounds and in summer, it’s very green.

    3. Sweetgum/Momijibafuu

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    Another majestic tree in autumn, sweetgum or momijibafuu in Japanese is undeniably beautiful. Deep, glossy green, star-shaped leaves mark the Sweetgum in the spring and summer. As the days shorten the leaves turn into a mix of yellow-purple-red.

    4. Maple/Momiji

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    The all-time favorite, and to which I consider the queen of autumn trees in terms of popularity, the Maple or Momiji.

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    There are many kinds of maple trees. May it be Sugar maple, Red maple, or Japanese maple, all of these trees create dramatic fall views. Maple trees are what make Kiyomizudera in Kyoto and other temples all over Japan amazingly beautiful.

    5. Ginko/Ichou

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    That seemingly yellow tunnel formed by the yellow trees lined up on both sides of the street, which you often see in posters or in your computer desk is none other than the Ginko tree. Ginko is commonly known as “ichou” in Japan. Ginko leaves turn bright yellow in autumn and when it falls to the ground, it seems like nature’s golden yellow carpet that covers the ground and there is nothing you can do but appreciate its amazing beauty. However, you have to be careful because once you step on the Ginko seeds which also fall to the ground, they emit a very foul smell.

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    It was fall that made me fall in love with Japan, renewed every year in this season, and as long as the seasons change, my love for it will never change.

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