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In Search of Yoshida Shrine
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Morning Chores at one of the ancillary shrines of the Yoshida Shrine, Kyoto Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 1/400 sec, f/5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Morning Chores
at one of the ancillary shrines of the Yoshida Shrine, Kyoto Japan
Lantern, Planter, and Thatched Roof -- Yoshida Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/400 sec, f/5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Lantern, Planter, and Thatched Roof
Trust Engraved in Stone part of a name engraved in a fencepost at the ancillary shrine -- Yoshida Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/400 sec, f/11, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Trust Engraved in Stone
part of a name engraved in a fencepost at the ancillary shrine
Heading Back for More “ many leaves to sweep before I sleep ” -- Yoshida Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/400 sec, f/10, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Back for More
“ many leaves to sweep before I sleep
Entrance to the ancillary shrine -- Yoshida Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance
to the ancillary shrine

The large rusty white sign above says “this is a national treasure; don't play inside” and the small one on the stone lantern says “don't touch” Yoshida shrine complex is full of signs with all manner of these kind of admonishments.... somewhat of a bummer.


So, on my short outing on Sunday morning to explore Mt. Yoshida, where I ended up finding the Yoshida Shrine nestled in the mountain, I had started at an ancillary shrine accessible by a small twisty road toward the south edge of the mountain, desirable as a starting spot due to its compelling attributes of 1) I knew where it was, and 2) accessible by scooter, and 3) a place I could park the scooter.

In the center-left background of the photo above you can see a fence. My first photo of the day was of one of the fence posts:

(Donated by Mr.) Nobuo Suzuoka -- Yoshida Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 1/125 sec, f/9, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
(Donated by Mr.) Nobuo Suzuoka

Leaving the ancillary shrine, I noticed a large area near the side of the road strewn with large pink flower petals among the leaves...

Out of Place -- Yoshida Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Out of Place

I wondered whether they might be left over from some kind of wedding event, but they covered a fairly wide area. The trees above all seemed to be normal deciduous trees now dropping leaves rather than flowering, so I have no idea where these petals came from. Very odd.

I continued on the road up the hill a bit to an area I'd been before...

Walking the Dog at the Takenaka Inari Shrine, Mt. Yoshida -- Takenaka Inari Shrine (Mt. Yoshida) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Walking the Dog
at the Takenaka Inari Shrine, Mt. Yoshida

This is the reverse angle of this picture from last spring.

Like Kyoto's dazzling Fushimi Inari Shrine, and many Inari shrines, there is a walkway lined with stone or wooden torii gates representing large donations to the shrine.

Timeless -- Takenaka Inari Shrine (Mt. Yoshida) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Timeless
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This particular spot among the gates drew my attention, and I couldn't decide whether I wanted to accentuate the repetitive nature of the walkway, or the crisp rock-solid strength of the one stone gate, so I tried both. Above is one, and below is another....

Path -- Takenaka Inari Shrine (Mt. Yoshida) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Path

After passing through the shrine, I entered the wooded “park”, which is really just some paths cut through dense forest. While in there, unlike this fake wilderness shot I posted the other day, in all directions you seen nothing but forest and path...

Two Roads Diverged in a Yellowed Wood -- Mt. Yoshida -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Two Roads Diverged in a Yellowed Wood

It's yet another reason Kyoto is so wonderful... like the higashiyama mountains, they provide a nature escape within casual walking distance of city.

Before long, I came across some brilliantly painted orange little shrine thing...

Out of Nowhere -- Yoshida Shrine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Out of Nowhere

... and I had found the main Yoshida Shrine.


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