Referring to a traditional Japanese custom of travelling to the valleys, forests and countryside around Japan to admire the autumn foliage, the Japanese word ‘momijigari’ is a combination of the words momiji – which means ‘red leaves’ or ‘maple tree’ – and gari – which means ‘hunting’. Around 70% of Japan is covered in forests, and the difference in temperature from summer to fall creates the perfect environment for leaves to turn kaleidoscopic shades of reds, oranges, yellows and golds.

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