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A Quick Peek at Kyoto’s Hanadera Temple
Entrance to the Shojiji Temple (AKA “ Hanadera ” ) 勝持寺 / 花の寺 Kyoto Japan -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Copyright 2014 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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Entrance
to the Shojiji Temple (AKA Hanadera)
勝持寺 / 花の寺
Kyoto Japan

Two weeks ago toward the end of a full day of fall-foliage photography that I scratched the surface of in The Whole Gamut of My Blog In One Spectacular Visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple, after a great lunch we made a short visit to Hanadera (The Flower Temple, officially called the Shojiji Temple).

Didn't see too many flowers, being the middle of November and all, but the fall colors were starting to get going.

After Stepping Through the Door -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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After Stepping Through the Door

Here's a wigglegram to give a better sense of the area in front of the main building....

Animatable — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすといろいろな撮影効果を楽しむことができます。

On the veranda of the main building is the contraption that I posted for An Among-the-Fall-Colors “What am I?” Quiz. To refresh your memory, here's the photo that I posted then:

The Contraption in Question something at the Shojiji Temple (AKA “ Hanadera ” ), Kyoto Japan 勝持寺 / 花の寺 -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2014-11-22/2488 -- 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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The Contraption in Question
something at the Shojiji Temple (AKA Hanadera), Kyoto Japan
勝持寺 / 花の寺

My first impression was that it was some kind of machine for pounding rice into mochi, but I was set straight by a lady I happened to ask.

Impromptu Explanation -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Impromptu Explanation

It's a portable fire extinguisher.

Fire Extinguisher basin, two-man pump, nozzles -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Fire Extinguisher
basin, two-man pump, nozzles

It makes sense... Japan has long had a deep ethos for fire prevention, and temple buildings are designed to last thousands of years, but it takes vigilance to keep them safe over that many years.

Business End -- Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Business End

This looks like some kind of unused part idly sitting in a holder, like an attachment to a vacuum cleaner, but it's actually sitting over the hole where water comes out. There's a hole in one of the faces toward the top into which a nozzle pipe fits, to spray the water. The whole thing can be rotated to change the side-to-side direction, though I'm not sure how they might change the up/down angle.

The pipes used as the spray nozzle can be seen resting on the back of the thing:

Shojiji Temple (Hanadera) (勝持寺 / 花の寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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It's 125 years old, and was just sitting there, sort of falling apart.

Anyway, it was a beautiful, rustic temple. I made lots of wigglegrams, so I'll have to revisit the subject soon to post more.

To be continued...


Smooshed Glasses as a Psychological Indicator
Found Them! my lost glasses, back in my loving embrace... sort of -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Found Them!
my lost glasses, back in my loving embrace... sort of

After returning from errands last night, I realized that I couldn't find my glasses. I knew I'd put them in my coat pocket when leaving the gym, but in between had been all over the city on scooter, foot, and bicycle.

I figured that I'd probably lost them on the 2km walk to a bicycle shop (to pick up a new bicycle), or on the bumpy 2km ride home. It was warm enough that I'd slung my jacket over my shoulder for most of the way there.

I spent an hour in the dark drizzle last night with a flashlight retracing my steps. I didn't find them, but did learn that it's hard to see in the dark, and rain is wet. I was bummed.

This morning I tried again in the light, and found them flatter than a pancake on the Sanjo Ohashi bridge (this bridge), and the weird thing is that I immediately felt better about the whole thing.

I think the psychological aspect is interesting... I felt much worse about not knowing than about the loss of the glasses.


Photographer Introspection Amidst the Serenity at Kyoto’s Rurikoin Temple
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A Moment of Quiet Introspection
at the Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院), Kyoto Japan
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Your Seat Awaits
this is absolutely what you'll find if you visit this weekend
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Serenity Incarnate
and other lies
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Some friends and I paid a morning visit to the Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) in north-east Kyoto on Thursday. It was my second visit, after the first two years ago when Damien introduced me to the place.

Waiting For the 10AM Opening -- Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Waiting For the 10AM Opening

Two years ago it was probably about 500 yen (US $5) to get in, but I heard that they stopped being open to the public for a while. This year they're back, but it's 2,000 yen (US $20) to get in. It's a Buddhist Temple and so ostensibly a religious place (whose income is tax free), but during the fall-foliage season their business is all about photography: the vast majority of visitors are folks like me who want to take pretty pictures.

It's probably safe to say that 100% of the folks lined up that morning to pay their 2,000 yen were there for photos.

Heading In -- Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Heading In
Path Up to the Buildings -- Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Path Up to the Buildings

After entering, you're first funneled to the 2nd-floor room with the money view (so to speak) of the foliage. It's where I took the serene shots that open this post, but it was far from serene. The scene as it appeared when I first turned the corner at the top of the steps:

Scurrying for Shots -- Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Scurrying for Shots

(The photo above has its color balance set for the incandescent lighting in the room, rather than for the sunlight outside. Other photos are balanced for sunlight.)

The room is intended for meditation and the writing of sutras. The table in the background had pads of blank papers, ink, and brushes, so that you can copy the provided sutras. The seat pillows away from the table are for quiet contemplation of the beautiful scene outside.

But nobody here cared about any of that stuff. Everyone was there to take pictures, and I immediately became embarrassed about it for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.

Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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When visiting a temple or shrine, I never forget that I'm visiting a religious place, and that indeed I'm a visitor among people using the place for its religious purpose. But this time, there was not even the slightest pretense by anyone that the sole intent of the location and its visitors was anything other than photography. This made me sad a bit.

Yet, at the same time, since everyone had the same purpose, the same unwritten rules were followed, so, for example, the photogenic corner of the room was left empty so that it could be part of a good shot. People would sometimes try to creep in a bit on one corner or the other to catch a different angle, but for the most part it was sort of amazing how the crowd mentality worked for the common good:

Absolutely Teeming with rabid photographers all over the place just out of frame -- Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Absolutely Teeming
with rabid photographers all over the place just out of frame

In the shot above, one person had snuck a bit forward, only to soon retreat back to the scrum after she took her picture.

As I said, I felt a bit bad/embarrassed for nondescript reasons, and I was acutely aware of the old saying:

You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.

With this in mind I was trying to be extra reserved and deferential to others, but I was still there clicking away, as the photos on this post prove.

At one point a lone man ventured boldly into the open space to enjoy the view, but he was clearly irked by the photographers and, by the way he acted, it seemed he had planted himself there merely to spite them.

Rebellion -- Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Rebellion

I felt bad for him because he had a right to enjoy the place for its intended purpose. These kind of scenic spots are deluged by folks with cameras during Kyoto's glorious fall-foliage season, but usually everyone enjoys the area in harmony, each for their own reasons. Sometimes you get occasional bottlenecks when folks' manners are temporarily overcome by their enthusiasm (an offense I try not to be guilty of, but I'm sure I am from time to time). But here, in the rush just after the temple opened to the scrum of photographers, there was no harmony.

I also feel bad for him because it seems his intention was to ruin the view for photography, but standing there alone, he actually added a nice human focal point. A photo of him leads this post, but that photo and the one directly above are the only I took of him. I didn't want to be the traffic he was stuck in, so I moved to another room for a while.

Eventually he moved on, and again the photo-crowd mentality took over and the most photogenic part of the room was left open...

Deserted at least until you get one pixel out of frame -- Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Deserted
at least until you get one pixel out of frame

I often use creative composition to take advantage of the easiest way to lie with the camera (If It’s Not in Frame, It Doesn’t Exist), and in this room with these photographer crowd mentality rules in play, it was quite effective.

But all good things must come to an end. One of the photographers, after waiting for a while, sort of asked the crowd whether he could move forward to take a picture. One of the temple worker said yes, of course, go ahead by all means don't hesitate, and he very quickly and apologetically moved forward to take a shot...

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Nabbing a Quick Snap
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But with that the spell was broken and the dike burst. Here's the scene 10 seconds later:

Rurikoin Temple (瑠璃光院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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And another minute and a half later, as I was on my way out for the last time...

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I have some interest in these places as historical sites, to imagine who build them and who maintained them over the years, but 99% of my interest is in the ability to take and share photos. I have no qualms or embarrassment about that, but something about that morning made me very uneasy.

It could be that the hefty admission price filtered out (almost) everyone but those serious about getting nice photos, and the resulting scrum/mood just didn't fit the setting in my mind. I've had the occasion to take photographs during a Catholic Mass (examples here, here, and here), but even though in each case I had the explicit permission from the priest, I still felt uneasy because the intention of Mass lies elsewhere.

And then on top of that, to see someone who didn't get the cameras required memo bristle against the rainfall of shutter clicks made me feel bad for being part of the problem.

I'd like to think that I and my friends were more respectful and courteous than the bulk of the scrum there, but perhaps that's just me looking at myself through autumn-colored glasses.

Anyway, that's why there will be no wigglegrams from this room. To make one requires a high-speed shutter burst (10 frames per second for a second or two), and given the particulars of the setting and my feelings, I just couldn't allow myself to be that much traffic.


Catching a Selfie Among the Fall Colors
Selfie In Progress Near the Rurikoin Temple, in the mountains of north-east Kyoto, Japan 京都市の瑠璃光院の近く -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Selfie In Progress
Near the Rurikoin Temple, in the mountains of north-east Kyoto, Japan
京都市の瑠璃光院の近く

I just happened to get lucky to catch these three Kyoto University students taking a selfie... it shows the fun of enjoying the season with friends (as I was doing at the time, temple hopping, camera in hand, with four friends).

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Approaching the Shodensanso Villa
Entrance Path Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘), Uji Japan -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Entrance Path
Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘), Uji Japan

As I mentioned in Oppressive Crowds at the Shodensanso Villa the other day, I paid my first visit to the mountain cottage Shodensanso (松殿山荘) this weekend. It's a half-hour drive south-east from my place in Kyoto, just over the border into Uji City.

From the makeshift parking area created for the special event, the path up to the villa looked like an empty river bed or canal.

Gate Appears around the corner -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Gate Appears
around the corner
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Impressive
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Looking Back (some hours later) -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Looking Back
(some hours later)
(even more hours later) -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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(even more hours later)

Anyway, after coming up through the gate, one can approach the main house...

Dual Entrances -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Dual Entrances
Sub Entrance on the left likely the one used by the family on a day -to-day basis -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Sub Entrance
on the left
likely the one used by the family on a day-to-day basis
Main Entrance on the right -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Entrance
on the right
Roof Detail -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Roof Detail

I didn't notice it at the time, but the lowermost tiles along the edge of the roof have the name of place embedded in them. I took a photo of similar tiles at another spot when I noticed it some hours later...

Personalized Roof Tiles -- Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 — 1/60 sec, f/6.3, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Personalized Roof Tiles

The characters are clearly the name of the place, 「松殿山荘」, backwards, but the form of the characters are quite different from normal. I recognize one (how they wrote 「山」) as being an archaic form, so perhaps they all are.

And speaking of odd ways to write the characters, the name of the place is also written large above the main entrance, as seen in this detail shot:

Shodensanso Villa (松殿山荘) -- Uji, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos

Again, it's written backwards, but the form used is the normal modern form except for the one at the far right, which should be written 「松」, but instead has the left/right parts rearranged in an above/below way as「」. I've never seen a rearrangement like this in Japanese, so I'm not sure what to make of it.

Continued here...