The Back Entrance to Shiga’s Eigenji Temple
desktop background image of the back entrance to the Eigenji Temple (永源寺), Shiga Japan -- Back Entrance Eigenji Temple (永源寺) Shiga, Japan -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Back Entrance
Eigenji Temple (永源寺)
Shiga, Japan
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Last week I took a drive out to a new temple that Manseki had recommended as being pretty in autumn. It did not disappoint. (The Anatomy of a Selfie that I posted the other day was taken here.)

It turns out that I rode right by this temple during my summer bicycle ride to Nagoya. At that time, it took about 2h 40m to get here from home. This time by car, it took about an hour. I made the drive with Paul, Damien, and a newly-met friend, Adrian Tischler from Australia.

We didn't realize it at the time, but the directions we followed to get there brought us to a little-used back entrance. There was little traffic as we approached in the morning, but we passed a gauntlet of parking-lot folks trying to get us to patronize their business. The sheer number of them waiting for the crowds to arrive didn't bode well for a quiet visit, but it was still early.

Our route left that behind, and eventually we came across a bridge that offered a nice view.

Bridge near the temple -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Bridge
near the temple
Bonus View from the bridge Folks visiting via the main entrance would never see this. -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Bonus View
from the bridge
Folks visiting via the main entrance would never see this.
Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Different Angle -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Different Angle

Soon we found a parking area at what looked like the end of the road, so we parked and walked up a pretty service road toward the temple...

Above the Parking Lot Adrian steadies himself for a shot -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Above the Parking Lot
Adrian steadies himself for a shot
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Totally Missed Focus it would have been a nice shot of Adrian -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Totally Missed Focus
it would have been a nice shot of Adrian
Slightly Better Focus but only slightly, of a lady walking to the temple -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Slightly Better Focus
but only slightly, of a lady walking to the temple

At the crest of the hill you pay your entrance fee (about 500 yen), then descend into the temple area proper...

Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos

Halfway down, there's a picturesque alcove, a place called a chasenzuka (茶筅塚/ちゃせんづか), with a huge stone carved with that word (茶筅塚)...

Eigenji Temple's chasenzuka 永源寺の茶筅塚 -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺)茶筅塚 -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Eigenji Temple's chasenzuka
永源寺の茶筅塚

It's apparently a place where practitioners of the Japanese Tea Ceremony can ceremoniously burn their used tea whisks, which are made from bamboo and don't last all that long. I guess if you've spent $100 on a whisk, you want to say goodbye.

I knew that a normal photo wouldn't capture the feeling of the space, so I tried making a wigglegram for the first time in ages...

Animatable Wigglegram (17 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすと「3D」な感じが出ます。

It's a bit wonky because I didn't keep my distance from Paul constant. I'm out of practice.

Besides the huge stone with the name carved in it, they also had a little wooden calf-high sign with the name, so I tried incorporating it into a shot:

Eigenji Temple (永源寺)茶筅塚 -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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I can't quite decide whether it's interesting, or I should just delete it.

Turning again to continue on toward the temple grounds proper, it's only a short distance down a path until you arrive...

Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
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Continued here...


One comment so far...

Spectacular photos
If one hadn’t been reading your post and happened to catch a quick glance of the photo “Totally out Focus” the first impression might very well be that Adrian was walking away from a huge forest fire: that he had apparently set, hence the big smile and victory sign.

What makes you think your first impression is incorrect? 🙂 —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on November 26th, 2016 at 12:49am JST (5 months, 2 days ago) comment permalink
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