Underwhelmed With Northern Kyoto’s Jakkoin Temple
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Anthony and Fumie Being Silly -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and Fumie Being Silly

Yesterday we went for a short drive in the northern mountains of Kyoto to visit the Jakkoin Temple (寂光院). First we had lunch at a nearby restaurant, and Anthony made the picture of a little Japanese kid drawing in his notebook while we were waiting for our order...

Passing the Time authoring comic strips -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Passing the Time
authoring comic strips
Old Building of some sort, near the temple entrance -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Old Building
of some sort, near the temple entrance
Entrance to Somewhere -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Entrance to Somewhere

Across the street from the restaurant was what I thought was the photogenic entrance to the temple, but it turns out the temple entrance was one door down...

Heading Up the real entrance -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Up
the real entrance
Roof moss-covered roof of an outlying building -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Roof
moss-covered roof of an outlying building
Iron Lantern Usually, they're stone lanterns like this -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Iron Lantern
Usually, they're stone lanterns like this

I didn't realize it at the time, but the iron lantern was given to the temple by a man who died in 1598. The same man also gave Japan its first Catholic martyrs, and ordered the death of the great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandfather of one of Anthony's friends. Knowing this now I don't think I'll want to go again, but if we do, I'll not mention that little tidbit to Anthony.

Temple Roof -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/11, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Temple Roof

I love these traditional roofs, made of thick stacks of thin bark shingles (such as this and this), but this one is not as old as most. The temple was completely destroyed by arson in 2000, which is why it was closed for renovation when we first tried to come here about five years ago.

The temple's name 寂光院 at first glance might look to mean “temple of the forlorn light”, which considering its recent history and past patronage may be appropriate, but the intended meaning probably relies on a less common use for the first character, along the lines of “temple of the timelessly elegant light”.

I took a full-on shot of the shingles, thinking I might make desktop background out of a slightly cropped version. It looks like nothing in this small version, but when you click through to the big version, it looks like sharply-rendered, high-detail nothing....

Whole Lot of Nuthin' -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/11, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Whole Lot of Nuthin'
Colorful Carp with just a touch of funky joy added in Lightroom -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Colorful Carp
with just a touch of funky joy added in Lightroom
Moss fairly boring from a distance -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Moss
fairly boring from a distance
Moss Up Close and Personal with the Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Moss Up Close and Personal
with the Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5

With my recent vexations I found my desire to get out with the camera had disappeared, so it was wonderful to be back in the saddle, out enjoying the camera again.

Anthony With His Camera he can have an interesting eye for things -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony With His Camera
he can have an interesting eye for things

The temple area was pretty but small, which explains why it was almost deserted. The nearby Sanzenin Temple is much more popular, and now having visited both, it was easy to see why. (One of my favorite all-time photos was taken at the Sanzenin Temple, by the way, “Serenity at the Sanzen-in Temple”.)

Having been left underwhelmed by the temple, we checked out the aforementioned photogenic path next to it...

Youthful Impatience or if I'm being honest, “Youthful Energy” -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Youthful Impatience
or if I'm being honest, “Youthful Energy”
Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos

It all led to a single underwhelming grave maker, but the view was nice...

Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1600 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Then it was time to head home...

Leading The Way Again -- Jakkouin Temple -- Kyoto Sakyo Ward, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Leading The Way Again

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

I was fortunate to visit Jakko-in 3 days before the arsonist (who was never caught) struck, and saw the original 1000-year-old sanctuary and uncharred Bosatsu statue. The arsonist doused it with kerosene before setting it alight, so the fire department never had a chance. When I went back a few years ago (you’re right, it’s not nearly the same without the original little hondo) I was poking around and asking nosy questions and was told that Ohara is a Hatfield and McCoy town. From the main road you go left toward Jakko-in and right toward Sanzen-in and the waterfall, and ne’er the twain shall meet. Rivals. Grudges. Small-town politics. So I nosed around and people have their suspicions about the culprit, and they think it’s related to the competition in the tourist trade, but nothing provable.

— comment by nils on September 20th, 2010 at 1:08am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Dear Jeff!

I have just started following your blog and got your latest post via RSS. I must say that the colours of those pictures are incredible, such true colours. Is that due to the lense?

Real great pictures!

Cheers,
Marcel

— comment by Marcel C. on September 20th, 2010 at 1:10am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

It’s still worth going to Ohara, though, for the beautiful scenery, minka houses, artist collectives and especially pickled vegetables.

— comment by nils on September 20th, 2010 at 1:10am JST (7 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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