It was getting deeper and deeper into autumn. The leaves in Inokashira Park in Kichijoji were changing color. The vivid leaves fluttering in the breeze were a delight to the eyes of people walking down the path. Many people enjoy nature with cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in autumn.
Japanese people have a long history of viewing autumn leaves. From a poem written by Emperor Nintoku's empress, Empress Iwanohime, to a poem written by Otomo no Yakamochi in 759, the Manyoshu, a collection of poems written by people from all walks of life over a period of 400 years, has a long history of Japanese people enjoying the autumn leaves.
Some of the poems are: "Autumn leaves pass over my mind, and I see her as a married woman, and I am in love with her" (Do I have to see that unforgettable person as a married woman? Even though I'm in love with her). What an intense song of love. I guess it is the same now as in the past that the fiery red color reminds us of love.
Perhaps I have inherited the Japanese tradition, but I like to hunt for autumn leaves in my own way. However, I prefer to eat dumplings rather than admire the flowers. It's a pity that no matter how vivid the autumn leaves are, they can't fill my empty stomach.
|Jan 2005 NATURE TOKYO|
|KICHIJOJI LEAF PARK RED|
January 1, 2005
September 21, 2021
Inokashira Park, Tokyo
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