Kōyō or Autumn Leaves is the period from mid-September through the end November, when we see the leaves turn to the golden brown and bright red colours. It moves from the northern part of Japan southwards during this period. Traditionally, the Japanese people get together and enjoy the view during this period of the year.
This picture was taken during kōyō in early November 2011. We went to Nara, the capital city of Nara Prefecture to view the beautiful sights it has to offer. Moving away from the crowd, we headed to an open field with wild deers everywhere. I saw this lone tree, which captured my attention. The colours of the leaves make it pop from the blue sky behind it. I can still sense the warmth that came from the autumn sunlight. This scene is so serene, it’s definitely worth a spot in the collection ‘Japan Revisted’.