Portrait of KOMAINU guard dog

These are a pair of Komainu (the mythical) guard dogs (or lion-dog) watching Itsukushima Shrine, as I snapped over a year ago.

Every shrines in Japan have the pair of watch dogs, each of which is having different outlook.  Generally they sit at the main gate of the shrine but this pair in Itsukushima sits in the middle of open-air connecting corridor facing the bay of Hiroshima.

This is my submission to Monochrome Madness this week hosted by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challengeus about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

'Komainu' guard dog

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Serene morning at the shrine

I would like to share a couple of more photographs out of decent amount that I took at Fujiyoshida Sengen Jinja shrine (富士吉田浅間神社), which I mentioned in my previous blog with a photo (here).

It was a cold morning in early spring season and base areas of Mt. Fuji remained snow unmelted on the roadside.

The photos were caught the path of main (front?) approach of the shrine from the big arch to enter.  I looked back toward the arch and caught the scene at the middle of the path to the shrine behind me.  Number of lanterns aligned on both side of the path wore green cap of moss, which made good contrast of reserved lanterns in colours yet made beautiful harmony with trees behind them.

It was a cold morning in early spring season but the crisp air shook me in the head and gave me a pleasant morning at the shrine to give my greeting to the god.

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Looking back the entrance arch at the middle of front approach.
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Lanterns wearing cap of moss
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‘Temizusha’ the spot to wash your hands before worship.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

This is my submission to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend.

When I stepped into the centre of this tree bunch to look up above, it realised me how little me attempting to find out how big they are, its non-sense right.

They live way longer than me and that’s enough to be respected that they have been at the shrine over four hundred years ago (or earlier or later of the period).

This was photographed at Fujiyoshida Sengen Jinja Shrine, Yamanashi, Japan.  It’s  located at base of Mt. Fuji.

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