A fortnight ago, I was away for momijigari. Momijigari is a Japanese tradition of going to visit scenic areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. It is similar to hanami, but the difference between both of them is that hanami is done during the spring and instead of maple leaves, it is sakura which will be the main attraction during that period.
もみじ園 (Momijien), a park which is full of maple trees is just a few stations away from my place, and the ride took me under 15 minutes. When I was walking up the slopes to the park, I have already begun to spot some of those red and yellow maple trees. I knew straight away that this half-day trip will not be a waste and will be much better than the dam trip or the 30-minute trip I had not very long ago.
And how true it was, when the first thing I was greeted was this limestone structure, which I reckon is used for lighting during the night time.
I was there rather early that morning, so early that visitors could hardly being seen yet.
This is a small hall called Momiji Room, where entrance is prohibited for the visitors for some undisclosed reason.
But from the pamphlets I got, there was nothing much inside. There was just some typical Japanese-styled living room, with the stove in the middle like what I saw at the Ainu village during my last summer trip. I later continued my walk around the park. What a contrast it makes when red meets green.
Those red leaves are maple leaves, while the green leaves with sharp ends are some species of bamboo trees.
Slowly but surely, I began to feel that my surroundings are full with maple trees, in which most of them are red.
However, there are some other colours as well. Brownish yellow among others.
While I was walking, I had that feeling that my steps were a bit unusual. It felt like I was not stepping on hard ground. When I took a look below, only I realised that there was a layer of dried maple leaves covering the ground.
In fact, even the small stream that flows through the park was filled with those leaves until it made the stream looked as if it have become clogged.
Out of a sudden, I was stopped by someone.
A statue which look like Kuan Yin. I wonder what this statue was doing in a maple park. Any idea, anyone? I thought that coming across that statue marked the end of my trip. Not until I took some steps further into the park until I came into the main section of the park.
What can you say, but a spectacular view, isn't it?
When I first saw it, I just went "Wow!!"
Despite being quite a small park with only an area of 4000 square-feet (about half a football pitch), but it was a park worth visiting, to me at least.
The weather being fine that day, visitors begun to make their presence felt.
Most of the visitors there were mainly consist enthusiastic photographers with DSLR camera. Me, with only a normal digital camera, could not
act cool match these people of course. It may be something surprising, but most of these people have entered their retiring age already.
Others would come with their family, or with their partner. But I reckon night time would suit these couples as the park will be lighten up with spotlight during the night time.
It was one moment that I spot a little girl who came in a full set of kimono.
I will blog on her some time later. Besides that, some insect wanted to join in the fun as well.
Not just one.
There were so many insects, that they have eaten up the main trunk of the maple trees. That is why some of these trees, which dated 150 to 200 years back, had to be strengthen with cement.
Believe it on your own peril.
I spent almost one hour in that park when I decided to call it a day. However, when I checked the return train schedule, the next train will only be arriving in not less than one and a half hour time.
So, instead of waiting at the station doing nothing, I walked around the park for the second time, just to kill some time.
Of course, I did not walk without doing other things.
To be honest, the numbers of photos I took exceeded my expectations, that I had difficulties selecting which photos to post up in this entry in the end. That explains why you see more photos than words in this entry.
Afterall, you cannot talk much about the same thing, can you? Eventually, it will return to the same thing on that red-maple-tree.
I tried taking a shot on the maple leaves canopy as well.
In two colours, in fact.
To wrap up this entry, it will be the best autumn shot of mine this year.
Okay, I admit it was a lame joke.