Warm weather in Nov. delays autumn colors

posted on November 23, 2015

Many leaves have not yet turned red in flat areas across eastern and western Japan - an abnormal situation for late autumn.

The delay has been attributed to temperatures being 1 C warmer or more compared to the average November, which experts said is the result of global warming.

At some sightseeing spots that are famous for autumn colors, there have been moves to adjust the times for planned events because the maple leaves are still green.

"We need to consider extending the term for lighting up trees," said Hoten Sato, general affairs section chief at the Takahata-Fudoson Kongoji temple in Hino, western Tokyo. The temple planned to light up about 1,300 maple trees at its premises from Nov. 18 to Nov. 30 for a maple festival. However, because only some of the maple leaves have turned red, the temple is considering extending the period into December.

At the Sankeien Garden in Yokohama, which is located in an area of Kanto where the autumn leaves front arrives last, the leaves on its famous maple trees also have yet to change color. The garden's management office is consequently considering extending the time that it opens its promenade to the public.

Rikugien Gardens in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward that attract about 200,000 people for leaf viewing every autumn, lights up trees from Nov. 19. However, many of the leaves are still green, causing concern that the gardens will lose visitors.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the autumn foliage season has recently been arriving later. In 1953, the leaves on a sample maple tree in Tokyo changed color on Nov. 8. However, in the 1980s, this often occurred in late November and sometimes in early December.

source by the-japan-news
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