Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Autumn colors

19th October
On 19th of October, hubby and me went to Koyo (also called Momiji) Matsuri (autumn leaves festival) at Hottai-no-Taki. Hottai-no-Taki is a waterfall in Yurihonjo, Akita prefecture of Japan. Besides the waterfall, there is also a short hiking trail, a large grassy picnic place, and a restaurant in the area. This is one of the most popular spots for autumn leaf viewing in Akita.
Hottai waterfall is in the mountains near Mt. Chokai. It is about 60 km away from our home. But it took us almost 1.5 hours to reach there by our car as more than half of the way was curvaceous mountainous road and hubby had to drive rather slowly. We followed the Chokai-kogen route to go to the waterfall. On our way we noted that the forests in the mountainous area were still rather green in color with signs of beginning of the autumn color change of the tree leaves. There were colored leaves here and there but not that significantly striking to our eyes. But as we neared the waterfall, we saw the fabulous display of autumn colored leaves of red, orange, and yellow mixed with green everywhere. The view was amazing and I found myself utterly transfixed by the majestic beauty of the autumn leaves.
It was a very sunny and warm day, and when we reached the waterfall at about 2 pm, the Matsuri organizers were already winding up for the day as it was the last day of the two day festival. However, there were many people around enjoying the riot of autumn warm colors of the mountains near the waterfall. A few groups of people were sitting in circles on the grassy picnic ground and singing Japanese traditional songs while playing traditional musical instruments. Hubby and me enjoyed listening to them. I really loved the colored autumn foliage. We took several photos of the waterfall and the surrounding area.

Me standing next to Koyo (Momiji) Matsuri banner

People in festival mood in the grassy park near the waterfall

Me standing in front of the waterfall

Close up view of the waterfall and surrounding colored leaves

Hubby posing in front of colored leaves

Me sitting and enjoying the colored leaves

25th October
On 19th of October, although the waterfall and the surrounding area located at higher altitudes was full of autumn colored leaves, the mountainous way to the waterfall was still rather green. We wanted to enjoy and view the colored leaves on our drive through this mountainous road also. For this purpose, we went again to Hottai waterfall after a week, that is on 25th of October. Indeed this time, we enjoyed the fiery display of autumn colored leaves on our entire way up to the waterfall. We stopped our car several times to enjoy the view, which was really breathtaking and splendid. Although it was a cloudy and rather cold day, the weather could not dampen our spirits and we enjoyed every moment we spent viewing the autumn colors.

Some photos of the autumn colors on the mountainous way

As we approached the waterfall, we noticed that some of the trees had already started shedding the colored leaves and looked slightly grey. But at the same time, the red, orange, and yellow colors of the leaves looked more strong this week, probably due to the greyish background. However, there were only a few people around enjoying the view as the autumn colored leaves were just past the peak near the waterfall and the surrounding area.

Autumn colors near the waterfall

The waterfall

Autumn colors were just past the peak near the waterfall

Many trees already shed the colored leaves

After viewing the autumn colored leaves, we had sansai (mountain vegetables) noodles and oden (Japanese winter dish consisting of boiled eggs, radish, and processed fish cakes stewed in a light, soy-flavored broth) in the restaurant near the waterfall.

Hubby enjoying eating noodles

The autumn color change of the tree leaves is indeed one of nature's grandest displays of color.


google said...

cool autumn fotos ...

sugata said...

its' wonderful to see the colourful leaves near the waterfall.

Manisha Kundu-Nagata said...

Thanks google for appreciating the photos.

Manisha Kundu-Nagata said...

Yeah Sugata, the autumn colored leaves are indeed wonderful. Thanks for your comment.