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Written by Nakamura Hiro

How do you hunt autumn leaves?

  When I was little, I didn't really understand why adults go to see the autumn leaves in autumn. What is beautiful about the autumn colors? I think it's just a collection of dead leaves.


 And it continued until it became bigger than expected. Why do people want to go all the way to see the autumn leaves in autumn? It was very strange.
Needless to say about autumn leaves, it is said that the leaves of trees are dyed red or yellow before they become dead leaves (though it is scientifically said that the pigment is removed).


 In other words, in human terms, it is a leaf that has become an old man.
So, of course, it's natural, but I couldn't imagine how beautiful it was when I saw it in my child's mind.
It was hard to see before I thought it was beautiful.
When I saw the whole mountain colored in yellow, red, and orange, I felt sadness before it was beautiful.


 Even if my parents took me to see the autumn leaves or say, “It's beautiful,” instead of staring, I just turned my eyes away.
 It was exactly the same as when I wanted to listen to sad and sensational music. The sad melody was never accepted.
However, from the time when I grew up and I could listen to various sad melody, strangely, I was able to understand the beauty of autumn colors for some reason.
In other words, people have found that living itself has sadness, and that having sadness has fun and joy.


 It may be the one that leads to the sadness of the falling cherry blossoms. The sadness of a leaf. The sadness of a cherry blossom petal.
 I feel that I can finally understand that it is the real pleasure to enjoy the autumn colors that I can enjoy the sadness of my life together with the sadness of my life.
According to one theory, seeing autumn leaves is called "hunting".
A long time ago, it was popular for Heian aristocrats to cut off the branches of trees that had fallen leaves and to love them in their homes. It seems that "cutting" has become "hunting".


 As expected, it is Hayama and the peaceful nobleman of the heart.
However, it seems that it was during the Edo period that the autumn foliage hunt spread to the general public, so the aesthetic sense of the general public may have finally caught up with the Heian nobility.


 It seems that the common people of the Edo era, like me, received autumn leaves as a sad natural phenomenon and were not very adorable. In fact, even in haiku, the beauty was rarely sung.


 It's no wonder that the people of Ichii, who had been living until then, weren't in the mood to admire their fall foliage in the face of the deadly winter.
However, in modern Japan, the event of enjoying autumn leaves has become established.
Rather than being able to endure the winter's icing, it is in the ethnicity that makes Nobunaga Motoori's "things' mercy" central to aesthetic consciousness, as it was with his predecessors, Heian nobles. It may be.


 There are four seasons, and we change their appearance every day. And one year round. There are lives that disappear in it, and there are lives that must be cut off (for trees, like the fall of leaves in order to survive winter). I was aware that the transition itself was beautiful, rather than being cut down as an empty sad thing.


 I think that it is flowing as a bass note in the hearts of people living in this country.
And I think that is a unique consciousness both in the world and in the world.
And I feel that it is connected to various Japanese cultural things.


 I think so is the culture of wood, not the culture of stone houses, and so is the culture of single use (not sticking to things). In both good and bad senses, it extends not only to human thinking but also to behavior patterns.
It's a little off story, but the aesthetic sense of colored leaves hunting, which had only been enjoyed by the very limited privileged class of the Heian era, is no longer being looked at now, but suddenly it became a boom. May change.


 It may not be a new culture but an expression of the original aesthetic sense.
By all means, the many-you collection and the play of the aristocrats mentioned in the Tale of Genji may develop into the next generation of entertainment.


For example, FUNAASOBI, Kemari...


 Also, it may be overstated, but rather than bringing in a casino from abroad, it was done in the past, rediscovering the aesthetic sense of people's consciousness, and recreating this in a modern way. I think it better suits the culture of this country.
 It was Nakamura who felt poorer than sad when looking at the illuminated autumn leaves.

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