Saturday, 14 April 2012

A Shrine By The Lake

Tenso Shrine, a small shrine by the Lake Kinrinko that we stumbled upon when Zaini and I were taking an early morning stroll by the lake.
It was pretty much deserted when we got there. Still early in the morning, I guess.
See those stickers plastered on the shrine's building? If you want to know more about it, head over to Rurousha's and read about religious graffiti.
I love this particular shot. Zaini waited patiently to capture just the right moment.
The temple's yard, with a blanket of lovely autumn leaves.

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  1. Looks like a very peaceful and serene place and more so this early in the morning with no one else around.

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    1. It was so peaceful there!

      Of course, can't be when the tour groups start arriving but we enjoyed our quiet time there.

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  2. Autumn photos! An unexpected, utterly blissful blessing of autumn photos! M-WAH big kiss! ~(^з^)-☆

    That torii/heron photo is a masterpiece, and I love the leaves on the ground leading off to who-knowns-where.

    Arigatō thanks dankie terima kasih! ^^

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    1. People are posting up sakura posts and here I am still with my autumn posts! ;p

      I'll let Zaini know that you said that. Oh wait! He reads this blog. He can read your comment himself. Then annoy me when puffs up and brag about how good he is with the camera. xD

      Sama sama. You're welcome. Dou itashimashita. ^^

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    2. Hallo, Zaini! :) That's an awesome shot. You know what to do with a camera! ^^

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    3. He knows his way around other stuff too. ^^

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  3. Wah... temple pictures without it patrons. Hehehe, most of the temples I see from FB or blogs are very crowded.

    Like you mentioned, when tourists start to swarm the temple, what you see is sea of people and temple is just the background.

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    1. You can get an empty Sensoji temple photo if you come early enough.

      Or a really crowded one of you choose to.

      Your choice. xD

      Japan is not all that crowded and of course is not all the zen too. ;p

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  4. Most temples have this generic look, eh? A huge brick gate (sorry, don't know what it's called) in front of the temple, very mysterious to me. As if when I walk pass it, I'll be transported to another mystical world.

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    1. *Watch too much of anime, such as Kamichu! (かみちゅ!), Shaman King (シャーマンキング), Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し)*

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    2. Ha! Want to know more about Japanese temple and temple construction - then head over to Rurousha.

      But then, when you mention about generic. Other place of worship also the same what. There are like a certain benchmark that the places follow.
      Churches, Chinese temples, Indian temples, mosques.

      For me, these places emote a certain feeling that makes me feel slightly detached from reality. Interesting, right? But I guess that's the power of belief. :)

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    3. Heh? Me? No no no, I'm a barbarian and a heathen, I know nothing! :D

      Gate? If it's that three-dimensional structure in front of a Buddhist temple, it's called a mon (門) in Japanese. Different gates have different names, for example, Kaminarimon in front of Sensō-ji means Thunder Gate. Many temples have a Niōmon …

      Gaaa. I'm writing a post, not a comment. Sorry. Where wos I? If it's that vaguely H-shaped structure in front of Shinto shrines (not temples), it's called a torii.

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    4. I agree that places of worship have a similar atmosphere. I get that same feeling when I'm in a very ancient forest, or on a remote mountain, or in a faraway desert. There be mysteries there ...

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    5. OK, Lina, who's going to do a gates post, you or me? Both? Zaini, you have photos? :D

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    6. I may have the photos but I don't have the knowledge to post much about them.

      I hereby warmly welcome you to do a post about it. After the rooftop critters, a post (or posts) about gates would be relevant. No?

      Dankie in advance! :)

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  5. Why Zaini needs to wait patiently for capturing the photo? Is it because of the stork?

    I gotta admit, Zaini is a good photographer.

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    1. Yup.

      But don't tell him that! He'll be obnoxious to me about it later. ;p

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  6. A great find and discovery. It certainly pays to head out early in the morning to discover what the day will bring :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. Sure is!

      I love morning walks before other tourists are out and only locals are up and about.

      Ditto on morning runs too. ^^

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  7. The lake shot is really impressive. I remembered 厳島神社. (Itsukushima Shirine.)
    https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E5%8E%B3%E5%B3%B6%E7%A5%9E%E7%A4%BE&hl=ja&rlz=1C2GGLS_jaJP364&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=qICJT5KHKoTjmAWciuHfCQ&sqi=2&ved=0CIIBELAE&biw=1163&bih=759

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    1. I have an old post of that at :
      http://urutoranohihi.blogspot.com/2011/04/taking-ferry-to-miyajima.html

      :)

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  8. I also like that photo that you like! Very nice! : )

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  9. I love the photos of the structures, very interesting. Are you from Japan? or just a trip there?

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  10. Love that shot with the torii in the lake... really beautiful...

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    1. Thanks Lrong. ^^

      Zaini would be really happy to hear that.:)

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  11. How peaceful and beautiful. If I lived near it, I'd go there a lot. It reminds me also of some of the backgrounds in Miyazaki films.

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    1. I would too. Just have a quiet time and contemplate. That would be nice.

      Though I have to say, your place isn't too shabby either. I love English countryside. :)

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  12. A very beautiful place for relax. I love the leaves on the ground. ^^ Wish to visit Japan in Autumn

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    1. Oh you should!

      I wished I visited Japan in autumn sooner! ;)

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