On The Way Into Kyoto’s Northern-Mountain Joshoko-ji Temple
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Entrance Gate Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) Northern mountains of Kyoto, Japan  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Entrance Gate
Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺)
Northern mountains of Kyoto, Japan

Dipping into the several metric tons of pixels that I want to post but have yet to barely even look at myself, a short trip back to late April, to a visit to the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺, more properly transliterated in English as “Joushoukou-ji”) with Paul Barr and Nicolas Joannin. It was an amazing place, though the harsh sunlight of the hot spring day made for photographic challenges.

I did post just a few shots the day after the trip, in “Pretty As a Peach Blossom”, and some time later some shots that happened to be from that outing to illustrate “Unconventional Camera Bag: Repurposing a Think Tank Photo Retrospective Lens Changer”.

This is the first proper post from the outing, so I'll start with a few shots from the approach to the temple...

Path to the Entrance Gate from the public street  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Path to the Entrance Gate
from the public street
desktop background image of fluffy cherry blossoms at the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of northern Kyoto Japan  --  Fluffy Sakura It's been a while since we had any on the blog  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fluffy Sakura
It's been a while since we had any on the blog
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desktop background image of fluffy cherry blossoms at the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of northern Kyoto Japan  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Description Plaque common at temples and shrines photo by Paul Barr  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
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Description Plaque
common at temples and shrines
photo by Paul Barr
desktop background image of a pleasant street scene near the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of northern Kyoto Japan  --  Public Street near the entrance to the path  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Public Street
near the entrance to the path
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Heading up the path to the big entrance gate....

“Exposed for the Shadows” where one shadow is Nicolas Joannin  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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“Exposed for the Shadows”
where one shadow is Nicolas Joannin

... and then stepping through...

Outer Garden just inside the gate  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/1250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Outer Garden
just inside the gate
desktop background image of the entrance garden at the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of northern Kyoto Japan  --  Bridge and Steps leading to the (rarely-used) imperial entrance  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bridge and Steps
leading to the (rarely-used) imperial entrance
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Waterfall of Moss rarely-used steps to the imperial entrance (but they're there should the Emperor of Japan choose to pay a visit )  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Waterfall of Moss
rarely-used steps to the imperial entrance
(but they're there should the Emperor of Japan choose to pay a visit)
VIP Entrance and Blossoms this small unused gate is at the top of the steps  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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VIP Entrance and Blossoms
this small unused gate is at the top of the steps

We were a too late for the blossoms' prime, so you can see green leaves mixing in with the blossoms, but it was still quite pretty.

Garden Detail  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Garden Detail
A Bit Freaky not sure what's going on here (I had apparently played with this in Lightroom after loading the images)  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Freaky
not sure what's going on here
(I had apparently played with this in Lightroom after loading the images)
desktop background image of an interesting tree at the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of northern Kyoto Japan  --  Just Because I think it's interesting  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Just Because
I think it's interesting
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Nicolas Among the Blossoms  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nicolas Among the Blossoms
desktop background image of a pretty flower at the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of northern Kyoto Japan  --  The Blossoms among many others at the temple  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Blossoms
among many others at the temple
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desktop background image of an interesing tree at the Joshoko-ji Temple (常照皇寺) in the mountains of northern Kyoto Japan  --  Another Interesting Tree  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Another Interesting Tree
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Wall Roof we could use this kind of flourish in American garden architecture  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wall Roof
we could use this kind of flourish in American garden architecture

At this point we're still outside the temple complex, and after paying the trivial fee to the friendly owner, your first look inside is actually fairly bland...

First Look Inside the public entrance to the building complex  --  Joushoukou-ji Temple (常照皇寺)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
First Look Inside
the public entrance to the building complex

But much beauty and interest await.

Continued here...


One comment so far...

Lovely place, I would like to be there and see it on my own 🙂 Maybe next time when I’ll be in Japan I’ll visit this temple 🙂

Great photos – as always 🙂

— comment by Besia on August 14th, 2012 at 6:02pm JST (5 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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