Tag: japan

Tori, Tori, Tori, Tori…

Tori, Tori, Tori, Tori… on Flickr.

Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It sits at the base of a 233 meter mountain and is famous for its thousands of torii (gates). Even with many people visiting the sight, the further up the mountain you climb the fewer people you will meet. So you should always be able to take photos like this as long as you climb high enough.


Todai-ji Time Slip

Todai-ji Time Slip on Flickr.

It is “anecdote thursday” again and I would like to present another picture with a short anecdote of its origin: Back in 2009 I went to Japan, more precisely Nara. The place is not only famous for free running deer, which goes back to the legendary history of god Takemikazuchi who arrived in Nara on a white deer, but also for the temple Tōdai-ji. It houses the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana (the Daibutsu).

After my return to Germany I looked through some old slides (!!) I got from my parents from trips they have done when they were roughly my age. And I found a photo from almost the exact same place that I have been. So I did a comparison, which you can see on the photo: The Tōdai-ji 1976 and 2009. The 33 years gave me a feeling of how long this temple has actually been there…