Friday, November 26, 2010

fallen leaves

秋は来ぬ 紅葉は宿に ふりしきぬ 道ふみ分けて とふ人はなし  (よみびとしらず,「古今和歌集」)

"Autumn has come, my garden is covered with fallen leaves, nobody wades through a pile of fallen leaves to my house", author unknown in "The Kokin Wakashu".

A female writer composed this poem. Her lover might have had a change of mind. He didn't come to her anymore. When I read this poem for the first time, I had a different image of it because she stated firmly. I thought a reclusive person wrote this poem.



These dried confections represent drifted fallen leaves of trees such as a ginkgo, a maple and a pine. There is also an acorn.

The leaves on the ginkgo trees along Gaien-dori in Tokyo have been colored. Fallen gingko nuts that was run over by a car smell ripe, but they are delicious.

This is nerikiri(a mixture of sweet white bean paste and soft cakes of pounded rice).


This is yokan(hardened bean paste by kanten).


  1. wow! i've been looking for a good place to see the ginko trees! can you tell me where gaien-dori is and how to get there? what time do you recommend to go so not to see people there?

  2. The leaves on the ginkgo trees will turn yellow from mid November to early December. I hear early morning is not crowded.
    Ginkgo Festival will be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from November 18th to December 11th around the street this year.

    The close subway stations to gaien-dori are Aoyama-itchome Station (青山一丁目駅) on Ginza Line(銀座線), Hanzomon Line(半蔵門線) and Oedo Line(大江戸線) and Gaiemmae Station (外苑前駅) on Ginza Line.

    map around Ginko-lined street(gaien-dori) :