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英語で読もう！Autumn in Japan
Japanese cherry blossoms (Sakura) are a famous national symbol, and crowds from all around the world come every year to enjoy spring in Japan. But there is another natural event that is worth the visit; the color of the autumn leaves.
Leaves turn to yellow, orange, red, purple, ruby, vermilion…giving them a mystic atmosphere in some places.
The Japanese summer is really hot and humid, and though Japanese enjoy the summer, I have a feeling that they are impatient for autumn to start.
This is because they are finally able to enjoy the autumn colors and outdoor activities without getting sunburt.
Today I would like to give some basic advice and recommendations on how to enjoy those autumn colors.
Where to go?
Kyoto is probably the most popular and crowded spot but it is still worth the visit. During the second half of November, places such as Tofukuji, Arashiyama, and Kiyomizudera will be surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage.
In Hokkaido, the Daisetesuzan National Park is the first place to have autumn colors every year. The mix of colors, between yellow and red, in the mountains or along rivers and lakes, offers some particularly nice spots in early October.
Fuji Five Lakes, with a view of the magnificent Mt Fuji, is one the most popular. In addition, it is possible to find some quiet and uncrowded places around Mt Fuji. It is advisable to go there in late October to enjoy the autumn colors.
Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route, in the Northern Japanese Alps, is not only famous for its abundance of snowfall but also for its beautiful autumn colors. Because of its elevation range, autumn can be enjoyed from late September to early November.
Miyajima Island is one of the three most scenic places in Japan, so anytime is good to visit this place, but the middle of November would be a great choice. Few autumn colors can be seen around the Miyajima Torii (gate) and the Itsukushima shrine; but in the Momijidani Park literally “Maple valley”, there are plenty.
My special recommendation:
Mino Park is located only 30 minutes from Osaka city and is a small valley full of maple trees. I went there last year, and it is truly beautiful. Walking in this forest of maple trees is something that I enjoyed a lot, and I recommend this place that few foreigners know about. Extra surprise, you might see some monkeys walking beside you.
Don’t forget that every interesting place in Japan can become crowded very quickly. I suggest you to go to the above places as early as you can in the morning or late in the evening.
Of course it is also better to avoid weekends. That way you will avoid lining up….and you will have better light for your pictures.
Which tree to enjoy in autumn?
Of course the maple tree (Momiji in Japanese) is the most beautiful tree in autumn.
Maple trees are native to Japan; nowadays there are a hundred varieties. The shape and colors of their leaves can be very different from one another; thin, long, round, red, yellow… Cultivated ones, with the most shining colors, can be seen in temples especially in Kyoto or in Japanese gardens.
Another famous tree in Japanese autumn is the Ginkgo (Icho in Japanese). This tree does not turn red but into a bright yellow. These trees are very common in the cities, along the streets and parks. I agree that the yellow of the Ginkgo is beautiful, but I would add that this tree produces some fruits that really stink, so take a deep breath before you approach one.
What to eat during the Japanese autumn?
Like every season, autumn brings specific fruits or vegetables. Japanese people have a passion for the Matsutake. This mushroom is popular for its smell and flavor, and can be compared to the Truffle in Europe. If they are as good as they are expensive, they must be delicious!
Chestnut (Kuri in Japanese) is a typical product to eat in autumn. Japanese chefs can cook almost anything based on Chestnut; soup, sauces, cakes, ice cream… Some Japanese farms will suggest you pick up Chestnuts by yourself.
Fruits always have a better taste if you can select them on your own directly from the tree!
Now if you go to Mino Park, you will have to try the Momiji Tempura (Fried Maple leaves). It is probably not the most tasty Japanese dish, but it’s interesting to know that we actually eat the leaves of a maple tree.
Personally, I cannot wait for the autumn to come.
Photos and text provided by Vincent Penez, our French and English teacher.
What is the real meaning of Halloween?
The word “Halloween” comes from All Hallows’ Eve and means “hallowed evening.” Hundreds of years ago, people dressed up as saints and went door-to-door, which is the origin of Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating.
Why “trick or treat”?
The phrase is a subtle suggestion that if a treat (like candy) is given, then the child will not perform a “trick” (mischief) on the owner of the house. This popular Halloween custom has its origins in the ancient practices of “souling” and “guising.”
The custom of trick-or-treating on Halloween may come from the belief that supernatural beings, or the souls of the dead, roamed the earth at this time and needed to be appeased. It may otherwise have originated in a Celtic festival, held on 31 October–1 November, to mark the beginning of winter.