Japan is famed for its glorious autumnal leaves transformation when nature brightens up the skies with the colourful outburst of beauty. Kyoto in particular is highly visited during the November seasonal awakening, but Tokyo offers as much pasture for the hungry eyes. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Park and the Imperial Palace gardens sate you with the endless visual pleasure. The Japanese have planted their gardens and temple yards savvily for the future wonder over nature’s beauty. The German forester, Peter Wohlleben humanised trees in his best-selling book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, writing “trees are very social beings, and they help each other out”. When you consider the life of trees and their relationships, you may see the autumnal wardrobe change with different eyes.

To me as for the shinto believers:

Nature is the temple,

the Goddess that enlightens your spirit,

soothes your soul,

guides the zen life you want.