Monday, November 12, 2018

Autumn foliage at Nara Park

Autumn foliage viewing season has come to Nara Park!

The roof of Todai-ji Main Hall, the largest wooden structure in the world
In early November, Ginkgo leaves burst gold in the light.
A waka poet Akiko Yosano saw small golden birds 
when ginkgo leaves falling at a hillside aglow with the setting sun.

A flock of tiny golden birds perching on the twigs

Walking through autumn foliage always inspires me to lyricism.
How leaves are beautiful in colors with light at their last days of life!

Chinese Tallow Trees

These Chinese Tallow trees are still on the verge of turning red.

What I like most about Chinese Tallows are the various juicy, delicious colors
in the process to their full maturity.
I imagine the leaves would paint the wind while floating, whirling, and dancing
to fall to the ground.

In between the leaf watching, I enjoyed Okonomiyaki, assorted sweets, 
and some Italian dishes with Y and her sister F
at the art exhibition of Y's kindergarten.

There is always coming and going.
Sakura leaves are almost gone, while the fiery red of Japanese Maples are coming soon.
They will play the grand finale of the autumn.


  1. Dear Yoko, Fall is a fantastic season of colour and I love how you've captured the beautiful foliage of Nara. have a wonderful week ahead.

  2. The Ginkgo trees bring back childhood memories - we had several in our neighborhood. I was always fascinated with the unique shape of the leaves, like little fans. Thanks for sharing this fall beauty with the Mosaic Monday readers!

  3. I love seeing the autumn colours in the northern hemisphere this time of year. Thank you so much for sharing. I am joining you at Mosaic Monday.

  4. Beautiful pictures with bright colors and bright smiles !!!!
    Have a lovely week !

  5. Sitting or standing beneath the trees is a lovely thing to do in autumn, although in my world the deer are in the wild and not the parks usually. As the season comes to its conclusion there seems to be a final burst of light and color. The golden yellows and reds beam brighter and the rusty browns are at their warmest. Indoors, another wealth of color where children feast and play. :)

  6. Wow, gorgeous fall colors. The Autumn are beautiful. Lovely collection of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your day! Have a great new week!

  7. How beautiful color! Like a fairy tale world;-) Have a nice week

  8. Beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

  9. waw...wonderful series of shots.... autumn is beautiful.
    have a great day

  10. It came again, Yoko. and every time we think it brings new colors. Cute photos. Well you spent with the girls.
    I wish you a good week.

  11. Hi Yoko,
    A wonderful tribute to autumn, which offers us so much color and beauty. All the photos are amazing but I especially loved the first one with the reflexes, it is spectacular.
    Lovely children.
    Have a nice week
    Warm regards
    Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

  12. I too was admiring the leaves on a Ginkgo tree just today whilst I was out enjoying the lovely autumn sunshine. The Tallow leaves are glorious suspended there like little multi coloured hearts.
    This is a lovely season Yoko which you have captured so beautifully - enjoy it whilst it is still with us, along with all of your lovely grandchildren who appear to be growing so fast.

  13. おはようございます。




  14. Your photos of autumn leaves are fabulous. I so wish that later on you show also the sparkling red of the Japanese maples. Enjoy your colourful autumn - happy MM.

  15. Dear Yoko,
    Autumn leaves inspire me to lyricism, too. The quality of light as it glows through coloured leaves is truly awe-inspiring. Here there is still some colour, although the leaves are falling so quickly that soon there will be only bare branches against the grey sky.

  16. You have such beautiful autumn foliage - lovely photos.

  17. So beautiful. Snow and winter have arrived here in Newfoundland Canada.

  18. I love the autumn colours too. We had a snowfall here before all the leaves had fallen, and the trees were so beautiful with the mixture of red and gold and white. And your granddughters are such sweeties!

  19. The leaves are glowing like jewels! Stunning photos.

  20. I have seen many autumnal displays, but none like this one! Tres magnifique! The Ginkco leaves do present millions of tiny golden birds; and the Chinese tallow offer their own version of floral the maples beckon; it must be otherworldly to take all this in in person. No wonder people fill the buses to participate in this fall display of color. I'm sure you've shown us the "largest wooden structure in the world," but I wouldn't mind seeing more of it! And your grandchildren complete the picture of Mother Nature's love. Thank you so much for your many kind comments on my blog! You are a wonderful blogger with so much to offer.

  21. こんばんは。奈良県もいよい紅葉の季節ですね。公孫樹にいナンキンハゼ、美しいです。バスの窓に反射した紅葉の写真、素晴らしいです。

  22. Dear Yoko, you are a magician! How do you make these pictures? A riddle with no answer. Thank you so much! It is a wonderful walk, I felt a pang of nostalgia about Nara.
    I've always preferred autumn to all seasons, and only recently I learnt to love spring. Might it be a sign of age?
    What Italian dishes did your young ladies make?))
    Looking forward to maples colours, with best wishes,
    PS. I invite you for another walk, which I published today. I wish you had invited me personally to have a look at your autumn foliage in Nara:)

  23. The color of the trees are very beautiful.
    Good weekend.

  24. I really like the first photo, the reflection of the autumn leaves in the tour bus windows.

  25. I love the poetic idea of thousands of tiny golden birds on the branches. And the reflection in the bus window makes me think of the excitement of going out on a special occasion, and arriving in a place where there is something good to see!

  26. Hello Dear Yoko!
    I am delighted with the fall of your wonderful photos.
    I love to admire the wonderful light in the leaves of the trees.

    I wish you a wonderful week.
    Hugs and greetings.

  27. What illusion to be able to return to realizing comments in Blogger! After several attempts, I have just discovered accidentally that was treating itself about a problem of the Internet browser. And what better to celebrate this that this party of colors that I find here.? In the Infant school I see that also they can celebrate the occasions for everything high and you are lucky to be able to share the culinary experiences of his small and nice cooks ;-)

  28. I love those huge, ancient tallow trees. They are so subtle when first changing colors and then so fiery! The girls are growing. What fun treats they served. I missed so many of your posts - I haven't been reading blogs for a couple months. It's time to catch up!


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