This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
By and by when the tourist steps through Japan as he now does through America, he may not think our country the only one to admire for its gorgeous Autumn scenery. This is what we learn of Autumn color in Japan from the Tokio Times.
"The time for leaves to change their color has come. This change being premonitory of Winter, gardens and groves cannot be said to wear the same cheering aspect as in the blossoming time of Spring, nevertheless they surpass in grandeur; and there probably are few who take such great pains as the Japanese to have a fine display of leaves of various hues at this period of the year. A sight-seer would be well repaid for a visit on a sunny afternoon to the garden of plants, (Shokubutsu Yen) at Koishi-kawa. The mere writing of one's name and address in a book, kept by the momban, is all that is necessary to obtain admission into the grounds, which evidently were the site of the yashiki of some daimio in the days past. For the first few hundred yards the garden is laid out neatly with foreign and native plants, but these at present are for the most part leafless. The pass then goes along a plum orchard and takes a turn to the left afterwards descending to a pond below. It is at this place that the most splendid sight is seen. Bushes of dodan, a kind of shrub, trimmed into various shapes, are dressed in crimson leaves, intermingled with those of the maple, generally of the same color, though in some cases slightly tinted with russet.
The Icho (jinko) appears among them in gold, and above are seen the lofty pine and oak in deep green. All these bright colors reflecting upon the water in the pond make a peculiar effect hardly describ-able with a pen. In one word, the hillside appears as though it was ablaze. Other gardens in Tokio are not less attractive, and in particular, the noted maples in the grounds of the temple of Benten, at Oji, are now exceedingly fine".