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Aoyama Autumn

  Dec 16th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I took a walk along the road leading up to Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery in Meiji Jingu Gaien. It is 300 metres long and lined with Ginkgo trees and they turn a wonderfully bright yellow color at this time of year. Take a walk with me from Aoyama-itchome to go see the trees.

The yellow ginkgo leaves made for a great scene as you walk down the main street.

The yellow ginkgo leaves made for a great scene as you walk down the main street.

I traveled by subway to Aoyama Itchome station and then walked down to towards Gaienmae to the Icho Namiki Dori, or Ginkgo Tree Avenue.

I traveled by subway to Aoyama Itchome station and then walked down to towards Gaienmae to the Icho Namiki Dori, or Ginkgo Tree Avenue.

There were some cool shops to see on the way down there. Japanese sweets on offer here.

There were some cool shops to see on the way down there. Japanese sweets on offer here.

Definitely worth dropping in to a San Maruku Cafe and trying their famous Choco Cro, chocolate croissant. When they have just come out of the oven they are delicious.

Definitely worth dropping in to a San Maruku Cafe and trying their famous Choco Cro, chocolate croissant. When they have just come out of the oven they are delicious.

CoCo's curry house always good for a quick bite to eat.

CoCo's curry house always good for a quick bite to eat.

Walking past the Sony Computer Entertainment building

Walking past the Sony Computer Entertainment building

This "pencil" building エンピツビル next to the Sony one looks very small.

This "pencil" building エンピツビル next to the Sony one looks very small.

There are a number of good restaurants and cafes on the Icho Namiki Dori. Selan in particular is well known.

There are a number of good restaurants and cafes on the Icho Namiki Dori. Selan in particular is well known.

The trees form a great symmetry lining the street. Whether you are walking down or driving the imagery is fantastic.

The trees form a great symmetry lining the street. Whether you are walking down or driving the imagery is fantastic.

Royal Garden Cafe is a popular spot for lunch and afternoon tea.

Royal Garden Cafe is a popular spot for lunch and afternoon tea.

Another look at the Royal Garden Cafe with people on the front deck enjoying their tea.

Another look at the Royal Garden Cafe with people on the front deck enjoying their tea.

The Ginkgo Tree Avenue heading down to the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery.

The Ginkgo Tree Avenue heading down to the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery.

The trees change in size moving down the street to give the Gallery building at the Gaien end extra emphasis.

The trees change in size moving down the street to give the Gallery building at the Gaien end extra emphasis.

SELAN, a favorite place to drop in for afternoon tea.

SELAN, a favorite place to drop in for afternoon tea.

Plenty of people out enjoying the day. Many with cameras taking pictures of the trees and surroundings.

Plenty of people out enjoying the day. Many with cameras taking pictures of the trees and surroundings.

Ginkgo trees close up.

Ginkgo trees close up.

This road was actually the first asphalt road in Japan when made in 1926, at the same time as the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery.

This road was actually the first asphalt road in Japan when made in 1926, at the same time as the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery.

The leaves falling on the ground help to make the whole area turn yellow. It is a great atmosphere.

The leaves falling on the ground help to make the whole area turn yellow. It is a great atmosphere.

Although this area is more concrete than grass, the charm of walking down a tree laden path is unmistakable. A very nice day out.

Although this area is more concrete than grass, the charm of walking down a tree laden path is unmistakable. A very nice day out.

Despite being a little bit cold, everyone was enjoying themselves under the yellow canopy.

Despite being a little bit cold, everyone was enjoying themselves under the yellow canopy.

A few security guys rode their bike down the path, but it was actually quite slippery under foot.

A few security guys rode their bike down the path, but it was actually quite slippery under foot.

The news had been featuring this area for a few days, so lots of people had turned out to take a look at it first hand.

The news had been featuring this area for a few days, so lots of people had turned out to take a look at it first hand.

No takers for sitting on this bench. Reminded me of a cold English day.

No takers for sitting on this bench. Reminded me of a cold English day.

Even the taxi drivers pulled over to get a look at the trees.

Even the taxi drivers pulled over to get a look at the trees.

Maybe you can just see the driver behind the cab taking out his mobile phone and snapping a picture?

Maybe you can just see the driver behind the cab taking out his mobile phone and snapping a picture?

The police were out making sure the roads didn't get clogged with cars stopping to see the scenery.

The police were out making sure the roads didn't get clogged with cars stopping to see the scenery.

Down the other side of the road, the trees had a bit more of a green color to them on one side.

Down the other side of the road, the trees had a bit more of a green color to them on one side.

There were many different shades of yellow mixed in with some greenery.

There were many different shades of yellow mixed in with some greenery.

A few stalls for eating and drinking had been set up for the crowds.

A few stalls for eating and drinking had been set up for the crowds.

Many people were out for the day just enjoying their walk.

Many people were out for the day just enjoying their walk.

The pavement formed a carpet of yellow leaves.

The pavement formed a carpet of yellow leaves.

So many leaves fallen to the ground waiting to be raked up.

So many leaves fallen to the ground waiting to be raked up.

At times, it almost seemed like a scene from Paris.

At times, it almost seemed like a scene from Paris.

What is your favorite place to go and see the changing of seasons in Autumn?

wushuprodigy says:

What Kind of Camera is that? photos are beautiful

w0rm5 says:

breathtaking picture…..great!

dookieface says:

NICE pics but what do they do with the stinky rotting fruit that falls from those trees? THAT SMELL MUST BE HORRID.

shibuya246 says:

I didn’t smell anything when I was there :)

Alex Brooke says:

I work in Aoyama Ichome so it’s nice to see some pics of my local. Great shots.

salvidali says:

Great photos – here in the eastern Sierra region of California there is huge color changes of leaves during October in the high mountains, some in the valley, but the color show doesn’t last long – maybe 2 – 3 weeks at the most. Again, niiice!!

hydersaab says:

absolutely NO changing of seasons here in southern california….

only noticeable difference going into winter is people wearing long sleeve t-shirts, not short sleeve.

striking shots!

shibuya246 says:

Thank you. Southern California sounds good, particularly for golf :)

johnkent says:

Amazing shots.!

lithiumangel says:

*makes devil horns/metal sign with his fingers and headbangs whilst singing in falsetto* AAAOYAAAAAAAAMAAAAAAA !!!
- So anyway. Alot of great pictures here; I especially love the way the metallic green of the cabs are such a contrast with the yellow gingko trees. The camera on the ground angle always produces some charming effects. My favorite of the bunch so far is 25 and 31 (tough I personally would have used a straighten tool on 31 :P )

Since you like vibrant colory things, Ever tought about shooting HDR images ? Would rock for Shibuya night pictures especially, or nature scenes like this. Google it, it’s easy. But the results can be really far out.

Here are some good examples of HDR usage in Shibuya/Japan Autum.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shinnygogo/1856171484/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindaandlawrence/4172852295/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nodonuts/3356764210/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/4148872265/in/set-72157622598602597/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nodonuts/3355811538/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/guwashi999/2491680523/sizes/o/

Maybe some HDR shots for the 2010 Shibuya 246 special feature ^_^ ?

shibuya246 says:

thanks. I’ll look into that. Not sure HDR is quite my thing, but worth a try. I don’t own a copy of photoshop so will have to think about it. :)

Smithy says:

Waw, wonderful photos! Would love to be able to enjoy such scenery and snap photos of it. ^^

While autumn was rather mild here, the weather was so unusual that nature seemed to be confused and the trees didn’t all shed their leaves at the same period like in most autumns, so not much autumn leaf canopies to snap photos of.

whipcracker says:

via @Shibuya246: Aoyama Autumn, Japan Photo-Post | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/BZOy An explosion of Yellow up and down the street.. Instead of “Follow the Yellow Brick Road…” You can “Follow The Yellow Leaf Road…” That’s what this reminds me of. :) you now have 2 different times for nature watching. 1st is in the spring and the Sakura Blossoms and 2nd the fall w/the Ginko trees. The mixing of the green w/the yellow makes for a nice contrast. Do the leaves get raked up every day? riding ones bike on all those leaves could be a little difficult iff you had to stop suddenly, you’d skid, so apply the brakes softly. Umm a Chocolate Crossiant now that sound quite scrumptious.
All in all great photos as always. If I ever make it to Japan we’d have to go on a photo walk.

shibuya246 says:

You are on. Photo walk ready to go once when you get here :)

zonjineko says:

Great pics. Apart form the stunning colours, I especially liked the new angles you tried in some of these too.

shibuya246 says:

Thanks. I enjoyed trying those angles out.

Orchid64 says:

Such lovely pictures! :-) Really, the trees are gorgeous.

Two of my favorite fat-making places are pictured as well – Curry House CoCo and Choco Cro. I patronize them infrequently at best, but I love them both.

shibuya246 says:

My favorite is definitely Choco Cro :) :) :)

Aux says:

Oh wow, that’s gorgeous! Some excellent photography, and beautiful scenery.

Tristan says:

Absolutely beautiful photos……

lemon says:

Lovely pictures,
Thanks for rekindling my dream of someday living there in JLand.

Neksus says:

GREAT!

I’ve seen pictures before, but this is amazing. And you captured a part of the people’s feelings.
Thanks. Two weeks late and admitting it :)

Can we expect some 2010 Shibuya special?

shibuya246 says:

That sounds like a great idea. What would you like to see in particular?

Neksus says:

Maybe have a poll on famous locations?
As you don’t have infinite time, to round a number of sites and then go nuts on frames :)

Neksus says:

Supplement to captain’s log: pic #33 looks like Paris because of the two cuties passing by?
Nice catch!

shibuya246 says:

well spotted. That was my reason for first thinking of Paris ;)

 

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