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    • A visitor wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus takes a selfie with the colourful autumn leaves at a park in Tokyo, Monday, 23 Nov 2020.
    • Red autumn leaves on a koi pond.
    • The Entsuin temple in autumn.
    • A man wearing a protective face mask draws a picture under colourful autumn leaves, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan 18 November 2020.
    • Lake Tanzawa in the Kanagawa prefecture in autumn.
    • Autumn leaves floating on water.
    • Visitors wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk through the colourful autumn leaves at a park in Tokyo, Monday, 23 Nov 2020.
    • Colourful trees on the premises of the Entsuin temple.
    • A man wearing a protective face mask walks under autumn coloured leaves, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan 19 November 2020.
    • Sunlit red maples in Japan.
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    A visitor wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus takes a selfie with the colourful autumn leaves at a park in Tokyo, Monday, 23 Nov 2020.

    When one thinks about Japan's picturesque nature, the season of cherry blossom quite often comes to mind, yet the country is blessed with another stunning time of the year - the season of red leaves in autumn and early winter.

    The season of red leaves in Japan, also known as momiji or kouyou (literally "red leaves") is in full swing transforming the country's landscape into a pallete of deep red and yellow - a stunning sight much celebrated in traditional Japanese poetry and greatly adored by the Japanese people and those visiting the country.

    Alas, travel to the land of the rising sun has largely been restricted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so our Sputnik team has put up a photo gallery for you, so you can admire the magic of autumn in Japan.

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