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Momiji – 紅葉

olorful autumn leaves. Autumn


Aki no yuuhi ni teruyama momiji
Koi mo usui mo kazuaru nakani
Matsu wo irodoru kaede ya tsuta wa
Yama no fumoto no susomoyou

Tani no nagare ni chiriyuku momiji
Nami ni yurarete hanarete yotte
Akaya kiiro no iro samazama ni
Mizu no ueni mo oru nishiki

in 1911

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves are visible in the mountains illuminated by the autumn sunset.
There are dark colors, light colors, and various colors.
The maple, ivy, which colors the pine,
It adds color to the foot of the mountain.

Maple leaves fall into the river flowing through the valley.
The waves are shaking, leaving and approaching.
Various colors of red and yellow
Are woven on the water.



“Momiji” is a song that represents autumn in Japan. Written in Kanji, it also reads “Kouyou”.

Poetry depicting the fall of deciduous trees as the season changes.


It is a prestigious epic poem, but it is also loved throughout the ages because of its plainness, even a child can understand its meaning.

autumn leaves and Nishikigoi carp

The lyricist TAKANO Yasuyuki said, “The amazing autumn leaves I saw around Kumanotaira Station, which was already abandoned, became the motif of the song.”

kumanotaira no kouyou (ai assistant)

The “autumn foliage front” then moves gradually southward from the north to the south of the Japanese archipelago, contrary to the “cherry-blossom front,” and winter arrives.


It has been selected as one of “100 Best Japanese Songs”.




Kamakura, near Kyoto and Tokyo, is also famous for its autumn leaves.