One of the things I love most about Japan are its four distinct seasons. From the deep, lush greens of summer; the soft, powdery white of winter; the baby pinks of the cherry blossoms in spring; to the fiery reds and burnt oranges of the autumn.
It is the promise of these autumn leaves that has drawn me back to Japan this time. I have with me eight fellow Queenslanders who are following me on this journey through southern Japan as we search for Japanese maple leaves and experience this country’s famous fall foliage.
Our journey will take us from Tokyo to Osaka, then on to the southern island of Kyushu where we will go “off the grid” and head deep into the mountains, before emerging in the hot spring capital of Beppu, experiencing the sumo tournament in Fukuoka, and then finally concluding the journey on the island jewel of Miyajima – known for its red floating gate and its spectacular autumnal display.
I have been known to pray to the gods of the cherry blossoms before in the hope of seeing those dusky pinks blooms… but not sure they are in charge of the burnished maple leaves… fingers crossed that mother nature is on my side again.
x Sonia x