Colored Leaves In Inokashira Park

Red maple leaves in Inokashira Park
Shot at Inokashira Park in Kichijoji, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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The leaves of the maple trees in Inokashira Park were changing color

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.


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Shooting Date

Dec 2004

Posted On

January 1, 2005

Modified On

September 21, 2021


Inokashira Park, Tokyo


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