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Late Summer Rice Fields

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 24 October 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

The mountain in the background is Mt. Hiei (比叡山), an 848-meter high peak that is home to many important and historic Buddhist temples.

Traditionally the Japanese have considered the northeast an unlucky direction. It is called "kimon" (鬼門), which translates as the "devil's gate," and it is the direction from which evil enters the mortal world. The presence of Mt. Hiei in the northeast was therefore one of the main reasons that Kyoto was chosen as an auspicious location for the capital after moving from the city of Nara more than 1,000 years ago: Mt. Hiei could block evil coming from that direction. To add an additional layer of protection a number of Buddhist temples were also established on the mountain, the most famous among them being Enryakuji (延暦寺) which was founded in 788 and is still a site of pilgrimage today.

NIKON D300 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 360 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great green!! Well done!

24 Oct 2011 7:20am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom


24 Oct 2011 9:27am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Gorgeous composition and again that Mastery with the Light, superb

24 Oct 2011 11:23am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a wonderfully framed and composed shot GJC! Rich saturated colours give the image an air of prosperity! Nicely captured! ;-)

24 Oct 2011 11:56am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Today evil comes from a greater altitude. best…jf

24 Oct 2011 2:24pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A nice and interesting scenery with very nice and juicy green

24 Oct 2011 3:56pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I think I can even see the communications towers on top of the mountain - likely an early warning system ;-) Not to make fun...This is beautiful, GJC! Are those maples (Japanese Maples) that are turning colour on the slope of the mountain?

24 Oct 2011 6:29pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful fields under the protective mountain.

24 Oct 2011 9:29pm

Veronique from Suisse/France, France

thanks so much for this explanation

25 Oct 2011 8:04am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice Iwakuran landscape !

25 Oct 2011 12:35pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Luscious greens. Thanks for the explanation.

26 Oct 2011 9:51pm

1/60 second
ISO 360
36 mm (35mm equiv.)