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Five-Storied Pagoda on Miyajima
The Five-Storied Pagoda on Miyajima -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 36mm — 7.2 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
The Five-Storied Pagoda on Miyajima

One of the landmarks on Miyajima, Japan, besides the main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島), is a five-story tall pagoda called, unimaginatively enough, “five-storied Pagoda” (In Japanese: 五重塔, gojyuunodou).

There are a number of large pagodas on the island, but this particular one is centrally located on relatively high ground, so it gets all the glory. You could see it in the background of the “Side View” photo on a recent post.

We didn't actually pay it a visit, but passed by enough that I ended up with plenty of pictures with it. Here it's sort of peeking out from behind some foreground trees in an area that had a quaint feeling at night.

City Street on Miyajima -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 26mm — 16 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
City Street on Miyajima

There's something about the cute little car sticking out at right, with the old fashioned mailbox next to it (the orange, cylindrical thing) that I find quite appealing.

The little area lost much of its charm in the light of day, but was still sufficiently enjoyable during a morning stroll....

Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

Passing back through the area after hiking Mt. Misen that afternoon, we ran into others who thought the old mailbox was quaint.

Japanese Bride and Groom -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 52mm — 1/60 sec, f/9, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Japanese Bride and Groom
All Smiles -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 150mm — 1/125 sec, f/9, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
All Smiles

This next shot is fairly uninteresting, except that it shows the two Aussies in silly hats, one of which was thanked on the Mt. Misen post for taking our picture.

Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 18mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos

Most of the wires across the sky are to support sun shades that are deployed on hot sunny days. A number of streets in the area have them, which we appreciated earlier in the day when it was actually sunny and hot.

The building center-left, by the way, is a restaurant whose food is both tasty and quite reasonably priced.

Here's a stylized picture of the pagoda that I created by bumping up the color saturation. Due to the wide-angle lens and this view's framing, it's a bit distorted, much like this picture of Anthony.

Vivid -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 28mm — 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Vivid

Here's the view from the boat as we left, from half a mile away. The “small stone gate” from the Paths and Gates post is at the far right....

Parting View -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2007 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Parting View

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Comments so far....

I really like that first shot. In my book THAT’s what a tripod is for!

I appreciate the kind words, but that shot was handheld (while standing on a moving truck going over a pothole, no less). —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on October 20th, 2007 at 12:46am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Really? With a 7.2 second exposure?

Yeah, VR is great, isn’t it? :-D   —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on October 20th, 2007 at 9:52am JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

You might want to sell your formula for turbo-charging VR to Nikon for about a billion dollars. Or maybe the NSA….

No, I don’t think they’re as gullible as you ;-) —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on October 20th, 2007 at 11:58pm JST (7 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Fantastic shots. I found your page while looking for info on my own Miyajima pictures. I so want to go back.. .but there’re so many other places in Japan yet unseen.

— comment by Travis on September 16th, 2008 at 7:49am JST (6 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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