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The nation is emerging from dark days amid fresh green

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Green maple leaves, among early summer foliage, stand out for their exquisite beauty and have been appreciated from ancient times.

Yoshida Kenko, a poet and essayist, praised the splendor of young maple leaves in his “Essays in Idleness” in the 14th century.

“More lovely than all the flowers and red autumn leaves is the young maple of the fourth month (of the lunar calendar),” he wrote, as translated by George Bailey Sansom.

When I see young maple leaves stretching out into the sky, I cannot help but imagine them turning red in autumn. That may be why their green hues look all the richer and deeper to my eyes.

Speaking of changing colors, the........

© The Asahi Shimbun