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A Few Desktop Backgrounds from the Delightfully Whimsical Otaginenbutsuji Temple in Northwestern Kyoto
Waiting, Waiting, Fervently Waiting for world peace that never comes at the Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) Kyoto Japan -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Waiting, Waiting, Fervently Waiting
for world peace that never comes
at the Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺)
Kyoto Japan
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The New York Times Travel section recently published the article 36 Hours in Kyoto, Japan (thanks Ed Pouso for the link), and one of the locations the author visited is the delightful Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) in the northern Arashiyama area of Kyoto.

I thought it was a missed opportunity that the article didn't include a photo from the temple, which reminded me that although I've visited the temple twice, in both the spring and fall of 2012, I'd not yet gotten around to posting anything. My own missed opportunity, of which my photo catalog holds so many. Sigh. So until I can do a full-on post, here are a few desktop backgrounds of some of the 1,200 statues — ranging from whimsical and silly to serious and pious — that dot and fill the mountainside location.

(The author of the NYT article writes the name of the temple as Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, but in this post I write it the way the temple itself writes it: Otaginenbutsuji Temple. In any case, the actual name is 愛宕念仏寺.)

desktop background image of moss-covered statues at the delightful Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) in Kyoto Japan -- Private Meditation -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Private Meditation
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desktop background image of moss-covered statues at the delightful Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) in Kyoto Japan -- Nodding Off -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Nodding Off
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desktop background image of moss-covered statues at the delightful Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) in Kyoto Japan -- Friendship, Love, and Hope -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Friendship, Love, and Hope
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desktop background image of moss-covered statues at the delightful Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) in Kyoto Japan -- Deep this has an intensity I'm unable to put into words -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Deep
this has an intensity I'm unable to put into words
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desktop background image of moss-covered statues at the delightful Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) in Kyoto Japan -- Among Friends -- Otaginenbutsuji Temple (愛宕念仏寺) -- Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Among Friends
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To be clear, the captions are the feelings that I ascribe to the statue as I look at them today while writing this post. I don't know what the original sculptors intended to convey, but I suspect the point of the collection is to let each piece evoke in the viewer whatever it evokes. Along those lines, perhaps I should not put any caption at all.... (?)

To be continued...


Comments so far....

One of my favorite destinations in Kyoto. Too bad it’s both located on the other side of the city from me, and in tourist-infested Arashiyama.

I think I remember hearing or reading that all those quirky statues resulted from some famous Jizo stoneworker holding a class or workshop for amateurs, and all the resulting pieces ended up at the Otaginenbutsuji Temple.

— comment by Zak on February 28th, 2014 at 11:27am JST (4 months, 24 days ago) comment permalink

I missed this temple! Will have to go back to Kyoto to visit ;)

— comment by Nicolas on March 1st, 2014 at 4:19am JST (4 months, 23 days ago) comment permalink

These are wonderful photos. I love them!!!

— comment by Arthur Brigham on March 1st, 2014 at 10:07am JST (4 months, 23 days ago) comment permalink

gorgeous pictures!

ah ah funny. I’ve stumbled upon your blog by chance, while I was looking for something related to photography but after seeing you was the author of “Mastering Regular Expressions”, well, I’ve come to a conclusion that was not by chance after all…

take care,

— comment by giovanni on March 2nd, 2014 at 11:12pm JST (4 months, 21 days ago) comment permalink

These are great, but the first guy is my absolute favorite. I look at him and find myself both smiling and wanting to dose him with Pepto Bismol.

— comment by Marcina on March 4th, 2014 at 4:42am JST (4 months, 20 days ago) comment permalink
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