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Daily Photo: Path to Paradise

This is a cool temple. I love the entrance here. The path to the gate is very drab and bleak, but you get near the temple gate and look inside and the colors and beauty of the garden are almost overwhelming. This is the real feeling you get walking to this temple, and I am always struck by it every time I visit. I’m sure they planned it this way.

I wanted to capture that feeling and so I faded and dulled down most of the photo, except for the garden that you can just see hints of through the gate and poking up over it on either side. I also added some hints of grain to the sky to increase the effect.

I imagine this feeling was even greater in pre-modern times, before so many houses and buildings were put up around it (you can see one of them in the background on the right, as well as a power cable). When I visit old places like this, I often try to imagine what it was like back in the day.

This is a relatively important historic temple in Okazaki. It’s name is zui’nenji (zoo-E-nehn-G). It was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1563 and contains the tombstone of his great aunt, Hisako, who raised the future Shogun after he was separated from his mother.

Path to Paradise

And a closer look at the gate itself:

Gateway into another world

This last is an older photo; you can read the post connected with it here.

Project 365

I’ve never really cared about keeping track of my daily posts before; I simply post a photo every day—easy as that. However, more and more I see that people are interested in such a thing. In the interest of that, I’ll try to keep track of the number and will occasionally stick it in the post as a reminded of what I’m up to. Maybe I’ll start sticking it in the title, I dunno. Or maybe I’ll add all my photos up since I began a daily post and use that figure. Opinions?

That means this is photo [2/365], then, by the way. See yesterday’s post for [1/365].

Gateway into Another World

It sure seems that way, anyways. I don’t mean in any kind of spiritual sense, but in a very literal one. Approaching the gate, you are surrounded by nothing but white walls. The gate itself, while nice, is kind of dark and drab. It’s a very monotone environment. But then, you get closer and closer and closer; you look inside the gate and see all this color and light of the temple garden. You can’t help but feel a little like you are stepping into another world. It’s kind of neat. I’m sure they designed it to provoke this exact effect.

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