Why People Go "Hunting" for Autumn Leaves in Japan
Let's talk about the weather...
We are expecting a typhoon over the coming long weekend and the weather forecasts are announcing a massive change in the weather soon after that.
I'm hoping that the leaves are going to be strong enough to remain after the strong typhoon (Hagibis) passes.
The Japanese tradition of enjoying the seasons
The cherry and plum blossoms blooming in spring are just a part of the whole season thing here.
Although those are some of the well known seasonal events here, there are also people who enjoy the autumn leaves in foliage just like they do with the cherry blossoms.
If you look around carefully, you will notice that just before the season arrives, cherry blossom forecast maps and foliage forecast maps will normally be announced by the weather forecast channels in Japan so that people can plan for their picnics and trips, etc.
If you breakdown the words here "Momiji" = Japanese Maple, and "Gari" (in this case is a variation of the word "Kari") = Hunting.
Oh, by the way...
Back to the main topic,
That is said to be the reason why people still use the word hunting in current times.
Momiji Gari is a big thing in Japan, as you might have already noticed after seeing the forecast map just a little while ago, people here also look for the famous spots to see the beautiful leaves.
There are annual top ten spots announced on different travel magazines and websites just like this one here.
Japanese maples and Ginkgo trees. Maples tend to turn red and the ginkgos tend to turn yellow.
Of course, there are different kinds of maple trees in Japan so not all turn red, but that tends to be the case.
I like the way people appreciate the seasons all around the world, what do you do in your country for the different seasons?
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