Spring in Kyoto – Shades of Green
May 20, 2012 by sevenbrane
The Japanese maple is divine in autumn (see here and here), but for me, it’s a great favorite from spring on. I love its delicate leaves, looking like a sky full of stars. They are gorgeous especially in spring, when the newest leaves appear in a fresh, light green.
The garden of Ginkakuji (銀閣寺), the Silver Pavillion, is a feast for the eyes in every season. Its meticulously chosen greenery melts seamlessly into the wooded slopes of the surrounding hills, offering many shades of green to the onlooker. The garden of Okochi Sanso in Arashiyama makes use of the same effect, offering a no less masterly display. Even without the hand of a master gardener, the natural forest is beautiful to look at in this season! While not as impressive as the cherry bloom or the tinted leaves, it is worth stopping a moment to appreciate the beauty of the green of spring.