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Last summer in Tokyo was extremely hot and long. I was worried when or if we would ever have an autumn. Today we have an unusually cold winter. So we had an autumn with beautiful colored leaves.
Apart from the tropical countries and also subarctic countries, there are many places in the world where their climates are rather similar to Japan. These places would have similar woods and similar beautiful autumn landscapes. In the tourism industry, Japan tries to sell the beauty of colored autumn leaves of gardens and mountains. But among our neighbor countries in Asia, among those touristic places and countries in Europe and in the American continent, I don$B!G(Bt find any country advertising their beauties of the autumn leaves. The cherry blossoms could be considered very Japanese since nowhere than Japan has so many cherry trees which are only for blossoms. But the beauty of colored leaves can$B!G(Bt be a Japanese specialty. It might be so that Japanese in general appreciate the colored autumn leaves very much and believe that the other people in the world also appreciate the autumn leaves therefore Japanese tourism industry try to sell them without hesitation.
In Japan, following the process of the seasons, cherry blossoms and autumn leaves cover sceneries both in the nature and in the city life. The Japanese gardens are designed carefully to correspond to this process. In Japanese forest, there is a kind of tree with especially bright red autumn leaves. Japanese name of this tree is $B!H(BUrushi$B!I(B. The resin of it is the basic raw material for the Japanese handcraft, wooden furniture, bowls and fine arts, generally named in English $B!H(Bjapan$B!I(B.
As the matter of natural phenomena, the autumn leaves, getting colored and falling; this process is directly caused by the change of air temperature. The leaves change their colors quickly and fall down quickly. The national flag of Canada is a maple leaf. In the cold climate zone, trees, animals and fish are many in quantity but few in variations. Perhaps Canadian maples have not so many variations therefore when the leaves get red then a huge area would get altogether red and then fall down altogether with strong effect but in a short time. This might not be so easy to sell in the tourism market.
Or for Canadian people, red maple autumn leaves are just a daily scene, too common thing to sell as a touristic item.