2014/11/24

Autumn Leaf Viewing / 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

Yesterday was the perfect day for going out to view autumn leaves, which is called "kōyō" (紅葉) in japanese (literally, "red leaves" undoubtedly in appreciation of the bright red colour of japanese maple trees in autumn). Yesterday's sunny, crisp, autumn-chilled-yet-warm weather made for a perfect outing. Not feeling particularly adventurous, my wife and I took a five minute walk to the University of Tokyo (東京大学) campus where the Ginko trees are nearly at the peak of golden colour. I must admit that I'm a little bit envious that this beautiful scenery is a normal, everyday sight for my wife who is a staff member at the University.

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

Lots of other people were out with their cameras; some folks even packed a picnic. I'm particularly fond of leaves that still have a bit of green, thus displaying a lovely gradation of colour. For me, this is a graceful homage to the season itself, representing the time of transition between summer and winter on a single leaf.

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

Here's an orange tree I never noticed before!

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

Please enjoy the rest of the photos! There's a link at the bottom to the full album for anyone who'd like to have a look.

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉

University of Tokyo, Kōyō, 東大, 東京大学, 紅葉




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