Momiji/Koyo (“Colorful Leaves”)
Eikando, Kyōto. Fall 2014
Lake Chuzenji, Nikko. Fall 2009
Russet Hills, Narugo Gorge, Yamagata, Fall 2009
Lake Towada, Fall 2009. After the first snow of the season on November 1."Here in our mountains the snow falls even on the maple leaves."
Ginkgo. Mogami River Valley, Yamagata. Fall 2009
Momiji Valley, Yahiko, Niigata. Fall 2009
Maruo Falls, Kagoshima, Kyūshū. Fall 2006
Takachiho, Miyazaki, Kyūshū. Fall 2006
Harvested Rice Fields
Nihonmatsu, Fukushima. Fall 2009
Mt Iwaki, Aomori. Fall 2009
Squashes and Pumpkins
Nebuta no Sato, Aomori. Fall 2009
Apple Road, Aomori. Fall 2009
Apple Trees, Mt. Iwaki, Aomori. Fall 2009
Daikon (Turnips) Drying
Road to Cape Tappi, Aomori. Fall 2009
Nikaho, Akita. Fall 2009
Kiku Matsuri (Chrysanthemum Festivals). Fall 2009
The Chrysanthemum Festival was celebrated on 9.9 (by the lunar calendar, the ninth phase of the ninth moon of the year, usually in October). The petals of the kiku (chrysanthemum), infused in wine, was said to reinvigorate the spirit and impart good health and long life, important as the season of cold weather approaches. A legendary poet attained longevity simply by drinking dew from the petals.
As part of the festivities, elaborate displays of ki,u are found throughout Japan during October and November.
Hotel Lobby, Mito, Ibaraki
Tōkiwa Shrine, Mito, Ibaraki
At Kasumigajo (Nihonmatsu Castle) are displays of historic figures and animals made from kiku, and chrysanthemum contest winners.
Kasumigajo, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima
Shiogama Shrine, Miyagi
Hirosaki Castle, Aomori