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A couple walking amid the momiji at Ryōan-ji in Kyoto
A couple walking amid the momiji at Ryōan-ji in Kyoto

Momijigari (紅葉狩り?), from the Japanese momiji (紅葉?), "red leaves" or "maple tree" and kari (狩り?), "hunting", is the Japanese tradition of going to visit scenic areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. Ryōan-ji dry garden San-mon gate to the temple Ryōan-ji (jp: 竜安寺 or 龍安寺), The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. ... Distribution Species See List of Acer species Maples are trees or shrubs in the genus Acer. ...

Many Japanese people take part in this, with the cities of Nikkō, Tochigi and Kyoto being particularly famous destinations. The tradition is said to have originated in the Heian era as a cultured pursuit, and is the reason why many deciduous trees can be found in the Kyoto area. Great Gate, Nikko, circa 1860-1900. ... This article is about the city Kyoto. ... The following text needs to be harmonized with text in the article History of Japan#Heian Period. ... Deciduous means temporary or tending to fall off (deriving from the Latin word decidere, to fall off). ...

There is also a tradition of going to see areas where grasses change colour, such as on the Oze plain.

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Leaf peeping is an autumn activity in areas where foliage changes colors. ... A hanami party Hanami lit. ...


  • This article incorporates text translated from the corresponding Japanese Wikipedia article as of November 28, 2006.

November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • "Momijigari", Japanese events calendar



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