Autumn Foliage Pays Vivid Homage to the Fallen of Hiroshima

Photos by Ari Beser Japanese maple trees turn bright red as the fall season arrives in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Hiroshima, Japan– The rice has been harvested and hung to dry, and chestnuts have been gathered and baked into cakes and candies. The air is getting cool, but the colors of the trees are getting warm. Fall has arrived in Hiroshima, albeit a little later than usual, perhaps an effect of the warmest October on record, according to NOAA reports.

Japanese autumns are renown for their beauty and Hiroshima holds no exception. People come from all over the world to watch the endless hillsides slowly change leaf by leaf to blankets of yellow, red and orange. In Japan, much like Hanami, the viewing of the spring blossoms, Koyo, the viewing of the fall leaves, is a cultural pastime. In Hiroshima, some of the most important historical monuments and World Heritage Sites transition into beautiful viewing points for the seasonal transformation, while still offering a meaningful place to reflect on history.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

The field in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome is covered in fall colors as the surrounding trees shed their leaves.

Some of the best fall views can be seen at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park. The park may be forested and blanketed with multicolored trees today, but it didn’t used to be. The park filled with Chinese parasol, maple, oak trees and monuments used to be a marketplace and the most densely populated part of Hiroshima City before the bomb exploded directly overhead. When the park was established after the war, it was decreed forbidden for anything to be sold on the premises, out of respect for the dead. Some —> Read More