Momiji (japanese maple) - 紅葉
Momiji are maples whose leaves turn red in the fall. This tree species is often planted in gardens for its varied shapes and colors.
The reddening of the leaves is called "kôyô". It is a popular event in Japan where locals go out to admire nature. This tradition has existed since the Edo era.
Some temples and gardens set up lights to showcase the colors of their maple trees during this time.
Maple leaves are used by some restaurants to decorate their dishes. There are also specialties inspired by the momiji leaf, such as momiji manju or momiji tempura.