Without Fate: Dumping Ground of Monumental Proportions
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Dispassionate Observer deep in the mountains of Kansai, Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 220 — full exif
Dispassionate Observer
deep in the mountains of Kansai, Japan
Some Relatively New -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 720 — full exif
Some Relatively New
Some Relatively Old -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 — full exif
Some Relatively Old
Older Still -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — full exif
Older Still
Very Old -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 360 — full exif
Very Old
I'd Love That Dude For My Garden ( if I had a garden, that is ) -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 560 — full exif
I'd Love That Dude For My Garden
( if I had a garden, that is )
Oops -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 1100 — full exif
Oops
Gold Bug? -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — full exif
Gold Bug?
Detail -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1100 — full exif
Detail
Layers -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — full exif
Layers
Cramped Quarters -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — full exif
Cramped Quarters
Variety of Recent Dates third from the left is dated March 26th, 1943 the one in the middle dates from July 1987 others seem to be in between -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 320 — full exif
Variety of Recent Dates
third from the left is dated March 26th, 1943
the one in the middle dates from July 1987
others seem to be in between
Broken and Scattered -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/250 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — full exif
Broken and Scattered
Jumbled -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 1800 — full exif
Jumbled
Without Fate -- Japan -- Copyright Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/160 sec, f/14, ISO 1800 — full exif
Without Fate

If you want visible presence at a shrine or temple, you make a donation and your name is put to something, such as the orange gates of various sizes at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, or affixed under a small statuette as at the Sanzen-in Temple, or engraved into a stone (such as a gravestone, or some kind of offering seen a bazillion times in passing on my blog, such as here and here and here).

Things such as the wooden gates eventually rot, but stone lasts a bit longer, so if you or your ancestors stop paying the annual maintenance, your rock may get shipped off to a muenbotoke holding ground — “Buddha without fate connection” (thanks, Zak, for the fixed translation) — to await the elements (or, perhaps, payment of fees).

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All 10 comments so far, oldest first...

Great pictures! I get homesick when I see this and would love to get back to Japan. Maybe in a year or two. Keep up the publishing the great photos!

A Dutchman from Thailand

— comment by Jielus on February 14th, 2011 at 12:33pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

The parade of the lost. A fairly sad parking lot to the next life. It’s one thing to be memorialised, but not to be packed, stacked and racked (even if this isn’t a cemetery)

— comment by AdelaideBen on February 14th, 2011 at 6:22pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

I am from Brookville, Ohio. I found your blog yesterday. I came back today. I really like your photography and your talent as a photographer. I love your blog template and how well you work seems suited for just this template. I am not always fond of black in backgrounds but will have to rethink it as it works very well in your examples.

I am or will be 77 years old. I was in the Army and stationed in Japan from the fall of 1953 until the middle of summer 1956. Sapporo from fall to spring (1953-1954) and the rest in Sendai-shi with visits to Tokyo, Yokohama, and places like Kamakura to see the Great Buddha and to Matsushima to see the then elegantly beautiful Park Hotel and the famous Kanko Hotel. Both gone to fire I think.

I have about 1000 photos of those times and at least 1000 more from fellow soldiers who were there about the same time. I have had a Japanese website and several Japanese blogs filled with photos of my experiences during the Occupation. I am starting another on Sendai and it is located at http://sendai-shi.blogspot.com/

I think what you do is beyond adjectives. I will pass your blog link on to some of my friends who are as old as me or older but who remember, with fondness their experiences in Japan.

— comment by Abraham Lincoln on February 14th, 2011 at 8:14pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff, I. too, would “love that Dude for my garden”, which, happily, I do have.( though at this moment sleeping under a heavy blanket of snow) Would it be too much trouble for you to snag him and slip him into your suitcase when you come home to Ohio for your next visit? He appears able to hold a handful of birdfood, which would make for some nice photos if a bluebird would land on it. Thanks, dear. Love, Mom

— comment by Grandma Friedl on February 14th, 2011 at 11:52pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

What an intriguing place. Sad in some ways indeed. On the other hand, everything does come to an end. Love the glimpses of insight I get from your blog. Keep up the good work.

— comment by Jao on February 15th, 2011 at 1:38am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Abe Lincoln sent me over to your blog because he was blown away by your photos. I see that everything he said was true. You are amazing!

— comment by musings on February 15th, 2011 at 8:57am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff,
Abe Lincoln, who is an amazing artist in his own right, referred me to your blog. I am duly impressed with your work and have become a follower of your blog.
David C.

— comment by David C. on February 15th, 2011 at 11:32am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Dispassionate Observer is the one I want – that is pretty phenomenal stone carving. If he were in my garden, I’d get him a sun hat, and maybe put him by a table with a big glass of iced tea.

Quite shockingly, it’s not a carving, but something manufactured. He’s got a huge hole in the back of his shoulder, and through it you can see he’s hollow. I was disappointed. —Jeffy

— comment by Marcina (USA) on February 15th, 2011 at 10:22pm JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

In this case, the en does not mean “fate,” but “connection.” As in, they have no more connection to the human world, or, more bluntly, simply no one to take care of them anymore.

— comment by Zachary on February 16th, 2011 at 8:54am JST (6 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey,
many compliments for your works, your pictures are wonderful.
I use them as wallpaper on my computer, the iPhone and iPad2 (With your permission?) and all the friends they make me compliments on the choice and I make to you.
I ask you about on the first photograph of this page, dispassion Observer, you can know to say who this statue depicts?
Very very thanks
Best Regards
Roberto from Italy
Treviso, to 25 km to Venice with its beautiful lagoon…

I don’t know who it is, which makes it all the more of a spooky feeling. Thanks so much for your kind words! —Jeffrey

— comment by Roberto on January 5th, 2012 at 7:57pm JST (5 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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