Takashima’s Shirohige Shrine (sort of)
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Main Gate of the Shirohige Shrine Takashima City, Shiga, Japan as seen from the shrine entrance -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/160 sec, f/22, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Gate of the Shirohige Shrine
Takashima City, Shiga, Japan
as seen from the shrine entrance

Having used the torii from Takashima's Shirohige Shrine in two previous posts, I thought I should at least provide some context for the scene.

The shrine is tucked in a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the mountains and Lake Biwa. I'm sure the location seemed appropriate when it was founded (the main hall was built in 1605), prior to cars and trains and heavy weekend traffic, but now it's got a road passing between it and the lake.

Landside Gate in a reverse angle, with the lake at my back -- Shirohige Shrine -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Landside Gate
in a reverse angle, with the lake at my back
Gate is Just Off Shore -- Shirohige Shrine -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Gate is Just Off Shore
In Between Looking Southwest; Kyoto is over the mountains, 23 miles away -- Shirohige Shrine -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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In Between
Looking Southwest; Kyoto is over the mountains, 23 miles away

A hundred years ago there was perhaps a footpath running along the lake, but by 50 years ago there was a road and a train track pushing through (the latter can be seen in a photo on the shrine's website). The train has now been rerouted through a tunnel, and the road widened.

Having been on my way to Anthony's first skiing experience, I didn't stop to explore the area at all, but from the signs I recall, there are paths up into the mountains that seemed interesting.

I didn't enter the shrine grounds, but did take a moment to snap a picture or two of these big bundles of straw hanging from a big straw rope slung across the landside gate.

Bundle-of-Straw Thingie -- Shirohige Shrine -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Bundle-of-Straw Thingie

It was extremely windy that morning, and so these things must have been blowing around frantically. Doesn't show in the pictures, though.

Shirohige Shrine -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60 mm — 1/320 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

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