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The Gods in Winter (崇道神社)

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 7 January 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

On the last day of 2010 we had the biggest snowfall I have seen in the nine years I have lived in Kyoto. I was so excited I could barely breath, and I was up at first light so I wouldn't miss a thing. What an exciting few days! (And I have to thank my wife for being so understanding and patient.) I stayed out many hours over two days while the snow lasted, and I surely would have frozen had I not been so happy. For the next little while I will show you just how the beautiful places in my area of Kyoto are made even more so with a nice snowfall.

We start at this majestic Shinto shrine called Sudō Shrine (崇道神社), one of my favorites. It is in the Kamitakano area of northern Kyoto, and which is only about 30 minutes by walking from my apartment. For a short explanation of the history and the main god of this shrine, please see this earlier post from autumn. If you would like to see this same shrine in different seasons, click on the tag sudo.

NIKON D300 1/20 second F/10.0 ISO 200 69 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D300
1/20 second
F/10.0
ISO 200
69 mm (35mm equiv.)

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