Thursday, November 6, 2008

Kouyou, Fall Foliage in Japan

Japan’s most famous fall leaf is the Japanese Maple which turns brilliant red in the fall. Fall Foliage is called "kouyou" in Japanese, and the kanji, 紅葉, translates into "read leaf."

Each year, starting in late September, the "koyo front" slowly moves southwards from the northern island of Hokkaido until it reaches the lower elevations of central and southern Japan towards the end of November.

This website is really neat and you can click all over to see different pictures from different regions. I used the translate option through Google and some of it translate into English. Even though it's difficult to understand, I still enjoy looking at it and seeing the pictures. On a side note, we live on the Miura Peninsula, the small peninsula southest of Tokyo.


April said...

Hi! I found your blog through a post on the BHB - and have to say - I love it!!! I lived in Okinawa from '89-'92 and miss it so much. My sister and BIL are hoping to get stationed over there sometime in the next 10 years...and I hope they do so I can come visit. Your blog pics have really brought back some fantastic memories for me! I love the pics of the food, etc. I just thought I'd let you know that you made my day!