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An Among-the-Fall-Colors “What am I?” Quiz
What am I? something at the Shojiji Temple (AKA “ Hanadera ” ), Kyoto Japan 勝持寺 / 花の寺 -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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What am I?
something at the Shojiji Temple (AKA Hanadera), Kyoto Japan
勝持寺 / 花の寺

The other temple we visited on Tuesday's outing after the spectacular Yoshiminedera (seen here and here) is one known as the Flower Temple (hanadera花寺), though its official name is the Shojiji Temple (勝持寺).

In any case, the thing seen above was sitting on the veranda of the main temple building. On the front in faded big characters is 「大原野」(Oharano), the name of the area.

On the side is a date: July 1889.

What is this 125-year-old thing?

As usual with my What am I? quizzes, I'll keep all comments from appearing until after I reveal the answer in a blog post in a few days.

For context, here's a wider view of the front of the temple building:

Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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The quiz thing is at left, partially obscured in this view by the stone lantern.

Pulling back farther, and to the right, you can get a small hint as to why we were there...

Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Autumn 2014 Trip to Kyoto’s Yoshiminedera Shrine, Part 2
a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺のもみじ), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance to the Yoshiminedera Temple
Re-imaged
善峯寺の正門
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A few more from yesterday's visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple, about which I posted last night in The Whole Gamut of My Blog In One Spectacular Visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple.

The photo above is similar to one seen yesterday, but with a different, exaggerated presentation.

The parking lot was surprisingly unfilled, so we made a bee-line to the photogenic path seen in yesterday's lead photo...


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Almost There
the guy in the background is standing at the base of the photogenic

Heading up that way, you get a nice view of the main temple building that we'd zipped on past, and the trees on the face of the opposing mountain in the background....


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Roof Detail

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Often Not Empty
but it was so uncrowded that we had hope

Sometimes the nature of the folks on the path lent a nice feeling to the photos...


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Relaxing Date

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Sometimes Not so Much

But patience was rewarded. This next one looks spectacular full screen...

a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺のもみじ), Kyoto Japan
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Moving on, we came across a couple of guys working on the landscaping....


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Shoring Up a Hillside
a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺のもみじ), Kyoto Japan
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Little Shrine
within the temple
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Tripods Allowed
one of the few places that allows tripods.... but only on weekdays

As I wrote in A Temple with Extra Restrictions on Photography is Now My Favorite Kyoto Temple last year, the trend toward prohibiting tripods is increasing. I noticed for the first time this year that Yoshiminedera now prohibits tripods during the weekend, and that Kongorinji now prohibits the possession of a tripod.

It's just as well with me because I'm too lazy to use a tripod, though there are some special cases where I'd certainly like to be both not so lazy, and allowed to use one.


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That Little Shrine

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From Above

To be continued...


Learning Japanese Slang For Ridiculously Large Portions, at Restaurant Kasuga in South-Western Kyoto
Ridiculously Overflowing Bowl of rice, raw tuna, avocado, and poached egg -- Restaurant Kasuga (茶房か寿が) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ridiculously Overflowing Bowl
of rice, raw tuna, avocado, and poached egg

After yesterday's visit to the spectacular Yoshiminedera Temple in south-western Kyoto, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant we happened across on the way to the next temple. It seemed like an average lunch cafe, but it had a shocking surprise in store for us.

昨日の昼ご飯は京都市西京区の「茶房か寿が」で食べました。 ポールさんの注文は「マグロとアボカド丼定食」大盛りにしましたが、びっくりほど大きいマンガ盛りマグロが多かった。本当に8〜10倍位見込みより多かった。1200円だけでめっちゃメッチャ良かったです。マグロはハイークオリティーでした。

Paul ordered the tuna sashimi (raw tuna slices) and avocado over rice lunch. At just 1,200 yen (about US$10.50) one doesn't expect much fish, so he ordered the large. What he got was a shockingly large amount of fish... 8 to 10 times the amount expected.

Group of Ladies Behind Paul are similarly shocked -- Restaurant Kasuga (茶房か寿が) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Group of Ladies Behind Paul
are similarly shocked

At first this brought to mind the excesses of the not-so-far-away Hagi Burger, but those comparisons soon melted away as we realized that the pile of tuna sashimi was not propped up by an interior of rice... it was really just that big.

We're not big on taking photos of everything we intend to shove in our mouth, but this was just beyond ridiculous. The experience required documentation.

A Third Gone yet nary a dent was made -- Restaurant Kasuga (茶房か寿が) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Third Gone
yet nary a dent was made

The Japanese word for a regular order is the regular word for regular, futsuu (普通). The word for a large portion of food is oomori (大盛り). These are standard words you'll find on most any menu, but Damien taught us two slang words that sort of help to describe the situation.

The next step beyond large is mountain large yamamori (山盛り), which is pretty easy to figure out as it calls to mind the image of food being piled up like a mountain. I suppose this is similar to super-size in American English.

In America, some folks might add a next step beyond super-size along the lines of Texas size, but if you really want to go to the extreme... beyond plausibility right to the edge of possibility... you'll want the Japanese word for the step beyond mountain large — such a ridiculously large amount that you could only see it as a wildly exaggerated caricature in a Japanese comic book — is called comic large, which sounds so much better in actual Japanese: mangamori (マンガ盛り).

The name of the restaurant is Kasuga, so I think we have the birth of a new slang word beyond manga mori: kasuga mori!

Restaurant Kasuga 茶房か寿が in the countryside-suburbs of south-western Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Restaurant Kasuga
茶房か寿が
in the countryside-suburbs of south-western Kyoto, Japan

The Whole Gamut of My Blog In One Spectacular Visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple
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Picturesque Path
at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)
Kyoto, Japan
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I paid a visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple in the mountains of south-west Kyoto today, and the resulting photos pretty much covered all the main things I normally have on my blog. Let's run through some of them....

Above we have a vertical desktop background, which I started doing four years ago. I've now posted 385 of them.

And here's a wigglegram featuring Ai (who appeared with her husband in this photoshoot a year and a half ago)...

Animatable — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすといろいろな撮影効果を楽しむことができます。

I first started making these things that I call wigglegrams two years ago, and I still have a lot of work yet to make them better. I've only just realized that I really need to ensure a faster shutter than normal static shots, because (duh!) I'm moving; the frames at the end of the one above are quite blurry. And I've got to move more smoothly... this one is still a bit wonky.

Of course, I need to have a photo of people taking photos...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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... and of folks gathered to see a nice view...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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... and folks pointing at something...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos

... and someone holding a quince...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Okay, that last one is not common on my blog, but you've got to start sometime.

It's been five months since I've posted a cautionary example about remembering to use a polarizing filter, so here's one:

Without Polarizer 偏光フィルター無し -- Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Without Polarizer
偏光フィルター無し
Without / 無し   -   With / 有り
mouseover a button to see that image — 以上のバトンをクリックしてね

Three years ago I posted Heading Out To Photograph The Fall Foliage? Don’t Forget The Polarizer Filter using photos from this very temple, but I'm getting better in my processing because I can use my wigglegram technology to align the shots. (Other polarizing-example posts include wet grass, polished granite, wet rocks, lotus leaves, a mountain stream, a bed of moss, and my first post on the subject six and a half years ago, A Few Polarization-Filter Examples.)

And speaking of both wigglegram technology and things that often appear on my blog, here's killing two birds with one stone: another wigglegram, and Damien Douxchamps and his famous red hat posing Terminator Style with his Nikkor 70-200 zoom lens:

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写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすといろいろな撮影効果を楽しむことができます。

This is on the steps leading up from the parking lot, before the entrance. They were the last photos I took before we moved on to the next temple.

But we're not done yet with the tour of stuff commonly found on my blog. Here's a normal landscape-mode desktop background (the 841st), taken from about where Damien is standing in the wigglegram above, of the temple's entrance, a couple of hours earlier on the way in.

desktop background image of a fall-foliage scene at the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺), Kyoto Japan -- Entrance to the Yoshiminedera Temple 善峯寺の正門 -- Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Entrance to the Yoshiminedera Temple
善峯寺の正門
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Of course, it certainly wouldn't be an autumn post without a photo of Paul Barr smiling...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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...or a photo of the back of his head while he snaps a photo of a pretty scene...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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We need a photo showing people staring inquisitively at something, while also giving a sense of context for the scale or slope of the place...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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... and of someone using a smartphone to take a photo of the thing being stared at, in this case, a garden-friendly spider...

Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-18/2485 -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos

I've much more to post out of the 706 photos I took at this temple (and the mere 270 at the other one we visited today), including even a What am I? quiz, but they'll have to wait for another day.

Continued here...


Boat at Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Palace
desktop background image of the boat on the lake at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in autumn, in Kyoto Japan -- Imperial Boat at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) Kyoto Japan -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Imperial Boat
at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮)
Kyoto Japan
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The fall-foliage season is in full swing in Kyoto, and with the number of photos I take in an outing I'm quickly filling up my laptop's disk. So before I can even look at this year's photos, I need to make room for them by cleaning up prior years' stuff. I've spent the last couple of months going through my photos from 2012, and have worked my way through to late November 2012, and my first visit to Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Villa, and realize that I hadn't even looked at all those photos yet.

So, here are two more from that trip.

desktop background image of the boat on the lake at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in autumn, in Kyoto Japan -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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