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Japan, part 5: Nikko - around Toshogu shrine

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    Posted: 27 January 2019 at 11:36
Last time I showed some photos from a scenic area just outside the city of Nikko. The main attraction at Nikko, however, is the array of temples and shrines at the mausoleums to the first and third shoguns of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the feudal military government that existed from 1600-1868. These are now designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Our walk to the Toshugo complex (dedicated to the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu) took us by the Shinkyo or Sacred bridge, part of the Futarasan shrine. The shrine dates from the C8 but this structure from 1626, though it has been rebuilt many times to this design.

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It was a grey drizzly day when we visited, but couples and families queued in traditional clothes to have their photos taken. The yellow-orange hues of the trees in the valley set off the colours of the bridge perfectly.

Further up the hills we come to the Rinno-ji temple complex, and in particular the Shoyoen Gardens

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The gardens are an excellent example of a Japanese Pond Garden

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With plenty of colour, if only two of them!

Alas the temple itself was being rennovated ahead of the Olympic Games next year

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(This gives an indication of the touring conditions that day.)

We could visit the interior of the temple, but as with many Buddhist shrines, no photography was allowed.
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Not far away we could enter the Nikko Toshogu shrine by way of the Yomeimon Gate

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This view is from inside the complex

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One of a pair of lions on the inside of the gate

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One of a pair of archers facing out

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Yomeimon Gate carving detail. At first I thought the figure on the right might be holding up a smartphone, but it might be just the bright colours of the recent restoration fooling me.

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Sanzaru, or Three Wise Monkeys, is one of eight carvings on Shinkyusha, the Sacred Stables. Monkeys have been regarded as guardians of horses since ancient times. The “See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil” carving of three monkeys is particularly famous.

And finally

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Autumn at Toshogu


(The first post about Nikko is here and has links to other posts about Japan.)
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Fascinating images, Howard!
And even given these weather conditions the colors are wonderful!
I very much like the images of the garden and #11 - although the details of the shrine are excellent, too.

Absolutely outstanding among the images in this set I find #4 - a wonderful pattern of green and red!

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Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

Fascinating images, Howard!
+1 and I agree the colours of the gardens are wonderful. In #1, the couple in traditional clothes tranforms an interesting image into a fascinating one. TFS
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2019 at 01:03
Wonderful set of images in all their brilliance and variety.
#1 is outstanding wth the graceful wooden bridge over the rushing waters in the light mist and the couple in traditional clothes standing on it. My only quibble is I find the photographer on the left a slight (anachronistic) distraction.

The autumn colours in the Shoyoen Gardens are so vivid! Especially in #4 which is a beautiful detail.

The Yomeimon Gate to the Nikko Toshogu shrine is quite amazing in its entirety #6, and I like the sculpted wooden details you then added, all looking very fresh in their refurbished condition.

Thanks for sharing.

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Very interesting set, and that first picture is just lovely!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2019 at 16:54
Beautiful images of Japanese beautiful nature. It reminds me of my own visit to this lovely country.
Although you have captured details very well sharp and crisp your images of nature are more appealing. #1 is very beautiful as well as #11.
Thank you for sharing Howard!
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