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To a Sacred Place (崇道神社)

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 14 December 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

My tripod is bulky and inconvenient, but I like how it makes me slow down. And I cannot take photos at one of my favorite neighborhood Shinto shrines without it. This is one of the few shrines in Kyoto that still has a large plot of forested land around it. This makes it, to me, one of the most majestic Shinto sites I know, and well worth the trouble of getting out the tripod.

Sudō Shrine (崇道神社) honors the aggrieved spirit of Prince Sawara (早良親王) who died in 785 in exile after being falsely accused by a rival of intrigue at the Imperial Court. His death was marked by a number of natural disasters that were all seen as signs of his anger at being wrongly banished. To appease him, this shrine was built in the year 785, though it has been moved several times since then, and is now in the Kamitakano region of northern Kyoto. It is in very few guidebooks, but I think it is well worth a visit if you come to Kyoto. Bring your tripod.

NIKON D300 13/10 second F/10.0 ISO 200 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D300
13/10 second
F/10.0
ISO 200
48 mm (35mm equiv.)

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