How much I envy
the maple leaf, which turning
beautiful, then falls
Maple tree viewing in autumn, much like cherry blossoms in spring enjoys a wide following in Japan.
Technically, the maple tree is "kaede" in Japanese, derived from "kaerude" or frog's hand; after the shape of the leaves. "Momiji" refers to the leaves when it changes colour in autumn. "Momiji" was derived from "momizu" which meant to change colour, that is - to turn red or yellow.
The change in colour of the leaves varies according to latitude and Hokkaido is the earliest to experience it and Kyushu the latest.
We finally had the opportunity to view such lovely burst of colours when we visited Japan in late-autumn in 2011; on our 8th trip to Japan. We were absolutely awestruck with the beauty.
Spring and cherry blossoms are a lovely water-colour painting for me and maple leaves and autumn is a vibrant oil painting.