紅葉 | kōyō
The shades of red that the Japanese maple leaves had taken by the end of November seemingly reached uncharted levels of beauty. On a Thursday out in Kyoto with three friends from the same research unit at Kobe University, I learned the true meaning of momiji and kōyō. It is so much more than maple leaves turned red – kōyō is the miracle of autumn. It’s the autumnal counterpart of sakura. It’s nature at its finest.
It’s all about that distinct colour palette, ranging from an almost green, bright yellow, to a deep and utterly autumnal red
The thing about sakura and momiji is that it’s best enjoyed with friends
We were not the only ones taking out our cameras to capture the beauty of Japanese maple leaves from greenish-yellow to reddish-brown. The Nanzenji temple area is dotted with an abundance of maple trees and it was incredibly photogenic.
I think these are the most beautiful autumn leaves I have ever seen, even for me as a Japanese person– my Japanese friend Tarō
As night fell, the maple leaves became shrouded in mystery… and another kind of beauty.
Thank you Tarō, Dendō-san and Chris for taking me to this wonderful place when the kōyō was at its best!