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Kyoto dyeing studio's autumn maples make artful impression

Maple leaves in autumn colors are seen through windows at and reflected on a tabletop at the Arashiyama Yusaitei dyeing studio in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward, on Nov. 22, 2022. (Mainichi/Kazuki Yamazaki)=Click/tap photo for more images.

KYOTO -- Maple trees at a dyeing studio in the ancient Japan capital are doubling their autumn splendor, their red, gold and orange leaves reflected in all their perfection on a polished tabletop.

    The Arashiyama Yusaitei studio located in Kyoto's Ukyo Ward overlooks the Oi River, which is said to have been one of the settings for the early 11th century novel "The Tale of Genji." The about 150-year-old wooden building used to be a restaurant with an attached inn, and is known as the place where the late Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata penned his novel "Yama no oto" ("The Sound of the Mountain").

    Dyeing artist Yusai Okuda, 72, designed the structure's striking round windows, harnessing the aesthetic sense he has nurtured through his work. Photos of the windows with autumn colors have spread on social media apps including Instagram, making the studio a popular destination for fall foliage lovers.

    The leaves are at their peak until early December. The studio is open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily until Dec. 2. Admission is 2,000 yen (approx. $14). Reservations can be made via the studio website at: https://yusai.kyoto/en/.

    (Japanese original by Kazuki Yamazaki, Osaka Photo Department)

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