Mar 06 2015 8 CommentsZen and the art of Buddhist shadows The traditional sight of a Buddhist temple, conventionally attired priest, and a suitably ostentatious time-piece.
Very nice. So peaceful! Works so well in black and white.
Cheers. Yes, had to be black and white. One of my favourite temples actually. A genuinely lovely little spot. Always pop by when I’m in the area.
Hans ter Horst says
Very nice, a classic shot! Great shadow detail; the photo could have been completely timeless if it weren’t for the monk’s watch. 🙂
When I first visited Japan I was fascinated by the Shinto shrines but gradually noticed their link to nationalism, now I very much more like the Buddhist temples, pilgrimages and temple stays (shukubo). This amuses my Japanese friend who’s mother passed away a few years and is still upset by the money grabbing monks with their ceremonies. All in all very enlightening all these different aspects of religion in Japan 🙂
Yeah, the watch is an interesting detail. An ex-colleague of mine had a brother-in-law who was a priest. “He drives a BMW, of course, like most priests” was a line that always stuck in my mind. Those ceremonies you mentioned more than paid for his fancy wheels!
Nice atmosphere in this shot. Rolex? 🙂
Cheers. It’s a genuinely lovely place, so glad to hear the feel of it comes out in the photo. A rolex? No idea. But pretty sure it’s something on the pricey side.
it looks so peaceful
It is. Location-wise it’s near to a busy station that caters to numerous lines, but you’d never know it. Pretty much the perfect place to sit and escape the city for a little while.