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While spring in Japan brings the delicate pink of the cherry blossoms, autumn bursts into a kaleidoscopic of brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. The koyo (colorful leaves) front begins in September, turning the leaves in Hokkaido before spreading south and concluding as late as December. As the trees become ablaze with autumn color, momijigari, or “red leaf viewing,” takes place throughout Japan, inspiring many Japanese woodblock print artists to create beautiful, brightly colored autumn prints. Certain locations, such as Nikko and Kyoto, are known for their unsurpassed beauty and become destination points for this seasonal beauty. The tradition of momijigari began during the Heian period (794-1185) as activity of the aristocracy, spreading to the common people by the Edo period (1603-1868). Today the tradition continues today, attracting tourists from Japan and abroad. As summer days cool and the sweet smell of turning leaves fills the air, enjoy the beauty of autumn prints by Japanese woodblock print artists featured at Ronin Gallery, Ronin Contemporary, and Ronin Annex.