Autumn in Japan is the season of the Kōyō, the “red leaf”, yet during our stay there we mostly saw the golden yellow leaves of proud ginkgo trees.
Here, I’m standing below one in the garden of Kumamoto’s castle, and I don’t know if it’s because of all the fabulous old trees we had seen on Yakushima island, but I found myself very moved by the presence of that beautiful ginkgo.
And the pure yellow of its delicate leaves? Marvelous.
Gingko trees belong to the oldest family of tree, one that even preceded the apparition of dinosaurs.