JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.82

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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Japan features four distinct seasons. Of these, fall is known for its beautiful autumn leaves, which are often referred to as a form of oriental art produced by nature. Autumn leaves can mainly be seen in temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, so many people from around the world visit Japan just for a glimpse of its autumn leaves since they cannot see them in their home country. In particular, Japan has an extremely large number of maple tree varieties that produce red leaves, which help to make the autumn leaves in Japan a vivid array of colors that are among the most beautiful in the whole world.

The prime viewing season of autumn leaves differs each year, but over the past two to three years it has averaged the one-month period from the middle of November to the middle of December.

Nikko is one of the most famous places in all of Japan to view the autumn leaves. The autumn leaves found around the two shrines and one temple of Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nikkosan Rinno-ji Temple and Nikko Futarasan-jinja Shrine belonging to the Shrines and Temples of Nikko inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 are truly awe inspiring. The collaboration of the Temples and Shrines of Nikko together with autumn leaves is truly elegant and its beauty continues to this day unchanged, attracting huge numbers of people.

GSDF Camp Utsunomiya is located in Utsunomiya City, which is close to Nikko, and since its inception the camp has played an important role as defender of Tochigi Prefecture. The camp is home to the Central Readiness Regiment, the 12th Field Artillery Unit, and the 302nd Engineer Unit, among other units. Camp Utsunomiya aims to be a camp that is friendly and open to the local community under the slogans “emphasizing harmony” and “a camp close with the local community.”

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