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紅葉 Kouyou
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It's turning into Autumn here and today's beautiful weather has inspired me to post about Kouyou, or the Autumn Leaves. These kanji can also be read as Momiji, or Japanese Maple.
Momijigari is the act of viewing the leaves.

Those of you who'll be visiting Japan in October and November can take full advantage of the Japanese Maple leaves. Try taking a break from training to visit Nikko and take in some history and hiking.

The link below is to the National Kouyou website. Under the Map of Japan, is a slide tool. If you're in Japan in October, slide the tool to 10月、 or 11月 if you're visiting in November, to see where the best places to view the leaves are.
http://kouyou.nihon-kankou.or.jp/

Here's a link to some more information about the Japanese custom of Momijigari.
http://www.jpn-miyabi.com/Vol.7/momijigari-e.html

Posted on: 2008/9/24 12:50
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Re: 紅葉 Kouyou
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Good stuff, Derek!

I found some English language info about kouyou on Japan Guide's autumn page.

Hakone is well worth the visit in October and November for hot springs and kouyou. Note that autumn is chillier in Hakone than it is in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture. Bring a sweater and a light jacket.

Posted on: 2008/9/24 19:34
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