As summer is nearly at it’s end, I thought I’d post this wonderful photo that was taken during Koyo, or “red leaf” season, which takes place in the autumn in Japan.
The changing seasons is very much a part of Japanese culture, and while the Spring’s Cherry Blossom or Sakura season is famous around the world, Autumn is less so, but is even more amazing, I think. And the Japanese would agree with me. They absolutely love and appreciate the changing seasons Japan is blessed with, and during koyo season, thousands travel for miles to places where they can view the brightly colored spectacle, cameras in tow! The brilliants reds, golds and oranges can be seen throughout the country, moving from North to South. Unlike the Spring Hanami viewing, when jolly sake parties and picnics abound, Koyo season is more subdued, and the locals take long walks and use the time for quiet contemplation.
Autumn in Japan also brings a number of festivals throughout the country. For a grand glimpse into Japan’s ancient culture, the Jidai Matsuri or Festival of the Ages in Kyoto showcases a visually stunning parade of Japan’s history. This exceptional and costume-rich show takes place in October.
The Shichi-Go-San festival in November, another lovely cultural event, is a children’s rite-of-passage, literally for 7-year-old (girls) and 5 (boys) and 3 year-old (girls). Watch the adorable little ones, decked out it fine kimonos, suits and dresses, ready to be blessed for their health.
The issue of the Japanese comfort women is still on going