Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 135 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
At the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島), Miyajima Japan
I've mentioned recently how much I love the natural roofs of many temples and shrines, having noted it in recent posts about the Fushimi Inari Shrine and about the Kiyomizu Temple. The roof above, like the roofs cited in those posts, are made of many layers of thin sheets of what I assume is wood. Such a roof, over time, slowly breaks down and returns to nature.
Here's a relatively new one, as evidenced by the sharp shadows showing that the individual sheets of wood are still easily distinguishable as, well, individual sheets of wood....
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 170 mm — 1/500 sec, f/7.1, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos
( relatively speaking )
It's not so new that they're not all warped and curled – viewing the larger version shows that they're in pretty bad shape – but compare them with older roofs that time and the elements have made smooth and curvy...
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 65 mm — 1/320 sec, f/5, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
These pictures are from our trip to the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island (near Hiroshima) last year to see Kousuke Atari in Concert. The shrine is most well known for its main gate located in an intertidal zone, but it's quite pretty in its own right. The “nearby photos” link under any of the photos yields other photos I've posted from that trip.
The most common type of temple/shrine roof construction seems to be tile (such as this, this, and this), followed by the “layered thin sheet” style highlighted in today's post. Thatched-reed roofs seem to be less common, but not rare, such as here, here, and here.