Short Family Visit to the Middle-of-Nowhere Sokushouji Temple
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Today is a national holiday of some sort in Japan, so we took a drive out to the mountains to take some photos for our Christmas and New-Year's cards. We wanted to go somewhere pretty but uncrowded, and since it was a mad house in Kyoto, we headed out to the same area as in my previous post, “Beating the Crowds at the Middle-of-Nowhere Sokushouji Temple”. We got our photos, and since we were in the neighborhood, I wanted to show Fumie and Anthony the temple...

View from the Parking Lot Autumn colors, even past their peak, pique one's interest -- Sokushouji Temple (息障寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
View from the Parking Lot
Autumn colors, even past their peak, pique one's interest

The roof near the top of the steps is for a little seating/rest area, and beyond that is the temple itself...

Temple Visit Sokushouji Temple (息障寺), Shiga Japan -- Sokushouji Temple (息障寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Temple Visit
Sokushouji Temple (息障寺), Shiga Japan

Turning back and looking beyond the rest area and the top of the stairs, there's a hint of a structure...

More Awaits much more -- Sokushouji Temple (息障寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
More Awaits
much more
Bell Tower -- Sokushouji Temple (息障寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Bell Tower
Ringing the Huge Bell a single hit with the log the rope is attached to yields a long, deep, resonating boooooooooing -- Sokushouji Temple (息障寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/100 sec, f/1.4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Ringing the Huge Bell
a single hit with the log the rope is attached to yields a long, deep, resonating boooooooooing

From the bell tower, the temple complex spreads up the mountain, with parts peeking out here and there...

Layers -- Sokushouji Temple (息障寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Layers

I'd ventured to the top with Shimada-san when I came the other day, and so with all the photos from three trips in two weeks, a full writeup on this place is definitely on my to-do list, but today, this short excursion was the extent of out visit. (It was only 2:30pm, but it was already getting dark nestled in this cranny of the mountain.)

Heading Home -- Sokushouji Temple (息障寺) -- Koka, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Home

One comment so far...

“to take some photos for our Christmas and New-Year’s cards”

For THIS year, not last year?

Already? In NOVEMBER?

Who are you, and what have you done with my brother?

— comment by Marcina, who will probably start taking Christmas Card photos Dec 15th again this year. on November 24th, 2010 at 1:00pm JST (7 years ago) comment permalink
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