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Kōyō
Kōyō (紅葉) or Momijigari (紅葉狩り, Momijigari), from the Japanese momiji (紅葉, momiji), "red leaves" or "maple tree" and kari (狩り, kari), "hunting" - The Japanese tradition of going to visit scenic areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. It is also called kōyō (紅葉, kōyō) ("kōyō" is another pronunciation of the characters for "momiji") and (in Hokkaidō) kanpūkai (観楓会, kanpūkai).

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.

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

Information source: “Momijigari.” wikipedia.org. Article date: 22 Nov. 2007. Retrieved: Wikipedia. 4 Feb. 2008 <Momijigari>.

Video - The following shows Koyo in Kiyoizudera, Kyoto.
 





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