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Japan part 6: Nikko - around

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    Posted: 03 February 2019 at 12:11
Previously ... I showed some photos from around the Toshugo complex (dedicated to the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu). The same day we moved on to the nearby Taiyuinbyo or Iemitsu Mausoleum complex, dedicated to the third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. The light was failing even further and the mists seem to be getting thicker.

Grandson wanted to be more humble than his illustrious grandfather and so toned down the architecture somewhat. Nevertheless it was an epic site to visit ...

At the first gate we were greeted by Ungyo:

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Ungyo is one of the guardians of Buddha found at the entrance to Japanese temples: he is a symbol of strength and his mouth is always shut; he shows his empty hand as a gesture of confidence.

Further along we climbed the steps to the second gate and glanced back to admire the view

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Visitor numbers decline towards the end of the day

3

More steps took us towards the mausoleum complex

We passed by more monuments (below) to reach a temple where no photography was allowed. Then we emerged on a side path down to

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dai*inreibyokokamon
Or, (from the Nikko shrines web site), 'The gate of entrance of the House of Taiyuin mausoleum mausoleum depths'.

Behind the copper gates and entrance building lies the Cemetery of Prince Iemitsu Tokugawa, the third Shogun.

Returning back we reached again the bell and drum towers above the second gate

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Three-frame panorama

6

And we reached the steps down to the second gate in the growing gloom

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But there was still colour to be seen

And back at the bottom of the hill, between the first and second gates, a worker with a leaf blower contemplates a job well done by a row of stone lanterns

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Again, thanks for looking and for encouraging comments so far. Part 5 can be found here with further links therein.
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Again, this is an impressive set of images, Howard.

I very much like the rainy mood. The fact, that only a few people are in the images also contributes to it. May favorites are #2 - a beautiful framing of a picture in the picture - and #6 - which I would have called "the haunted gate". The stairs very nicely connect with the viewer's subject position (I could go down there).

Thank you for sharing and all the best!
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amazing shots telling a story, like the previous parts of this trip.
well done
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Superb set. Those ancient traditional structures look just right in the mist. Beautifully presented.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 February 2019 at 08:26
A very enjoyable set thank you Howard. The mist certainly adds to the atmosphere. I especially like the view through the gates in #2 and the shades, lines and forms in #6. (I wrote this before reading Harald's comments, really I did)
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Nice!
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