Momijigari |Kyoto Leaves|

In Kyoto today but a little late for the autumn leaves changing colors. Many leaves have fallen to the ground and are swept away by the diligent gardeners, or by the cool Kyoto breeze.

Momijigari is the appreciation of the red leaves turning color. This is a Japanese tradition going back to the 8th century. It has been commonplace to visit scenic areas where leaves have turned red.

“Kōyō” is another pronunciation of the characters for “momi-ji” which means /”fall colors”/ or /”leaves changing colors”/. Despite the fact that most trees had faded out, there were still some beautiful moments.