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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Enmeiin Temple


Enmeiin (延命院) is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Chizan-ha branch of the Shingon school (真言宗智山派) of Buddhism. The temple was founded in 1063 in Utsunomiya city downtown by Souen Fujiwara (藤原宗円). The 18 meter tall Aesculus tree shown in the middle of the photo is believed to be 350 years old. This tree is special in Tochigi Prefecture because the genus of Aesculus is the symbol tree of the prefecture.

In general, Buddhist temple grounds include a cemetery and take care of memorial services for the deceased...

This is also an entry for Show Me Japan Vol 1, Issue 14. If you want to see nice photos taken in Japan, don't forget to visit!


And also for Scenic Sunday 135 and Best Posts of the Week.


        

20 comments:

  1. Great photo with an absolutely stunning sky!! This is a real keeper. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Love the effect of the sky and the cemetery. Sombre mood and overcast sky always fitting , mefor the cemetery, methink.

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  3. Wow! That is a huge cemetery and a really spectacular photo! I love that dark, melancholy effect.

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  4. So much history surrounds every part of Japan! This is a very nice photo and that sky looks like it has some serious attitude! Is this HDR? Nice work!

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  5. amazing clouds hanging above...an incredibly intricate and beautiful image!

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  6. Truly a dramatic sky with beautiful clouds. A nice perspective

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  7. I very much like this, the mood is fantastic.

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  8. Wow, you have some terrific photography. You have a natural talent for the engaging image!

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  9. The low clouds seem as if they were coming down to the ground!! A little bit spooky-I'm timid!! The atmosphere of the cemetery and the clouds are perfectly set in!!
    Yoshi, Great photo!

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  10. I love your photo. The cemetery looks very beautiful the way you have captured it and the clouds are so very interesting too!

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  11. Interesting place. I like the dark cloudy sky, but it is scary a little bit. A storm is coming? Good photo, it has a special mood.

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  12. Your pictures are amazing. Seriously. There are a lot of "Japan photo blogs" but YOUR pics are really outstanding.

    Would make a nice PC Wallpaper (all of your photos)

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  13. j'adore ton HDR, superbe travail et traitement, bravo

    Remember, Every Friday, The Challenge "Walk In The Street Photography"

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  14. Wow - that sky is amazing. Wonderful shot! :)

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    Great shot!

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  16. This cemetery looks like a Western one. Over my stories site, I featured some Chinese graves.

    http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2011/02/sunday-stillsold-churches-and.html

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  17. Wow! This is really striking and moody photo! I'm thankful for the blue sky peeking through on the right of the image. Thank you for sharing this!

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  18. o.O A storm is brewing! Or rather, looks like it. ^^

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