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15-MAR-2014 James L Clarke

The Shrine in the Temple

Higashiyama, Kyoto, Japan view map

Here's another image from my 6th visit to the Higishiyama Hanatouro this one was also taken at Shorenin (pronounced "Sho-ren-in"). Inside the grounds of the Buddhist Temple there is a little Shinto Shrine set in a bamboo grove. In Japan it's not uncommon to find small Shinto Shrines inside of Buddhist Temples, but I can't recall seeing it the other way around (i.e. a small Buddhist Temple inside a large Shinto Shrine). Also many people in Japan state their religion as both Buddhism and Shinto.

Shinto is a religion indigenous to Japan and existed here before Buddhism arrived from China. When Buddhism arrived the many gods of Shinto were simply added into the Buddhist pantheon. There have been times in history when certain rulers have enforced a strict separation between the two religions. Even at times some rulers have tried to rid Japan of Buddhism and return to pure Shinto. Now-a-days many people are blessed at Shinto shrines as children, married in a "Christian"* ceremony in a hotel's wedding chapel, have a Buddhist funeral and yet profess to be agnostic!

Syncretism, Tolerance, Indifference or Ignorance? Well actually I think it's a combination of all four in peoples attitudes here that causes the religious mix.

* Often the pastor/priest is just an actor employed by the hotel or wedding company, but in Japan people actually get officially married at their local city/town/village/ward office before the ceremony.

This photo was shot as a RAW (.NRW file) and post processed in DxO Optics Pro then exported to the Gimp for the finishing touches.

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Sam_C17-Sep-2015 07:58
Excellent shot, and thanks for the interesting info! V++
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)16-Sep-2015 13:03
Very well done! V
joseantonio22-Aug-2015 09:57
Such a lovely framing for this great view.... Love your information about the place too.V
Milan Vogrin16-Aug-2015 19:04
Nice light and angle! V!
Jean Chiasson16-Aug-2015 04:21
Beau moment bien vue vote
parallaxes aka Jean-Pierre Bijouard15-Aug-2015 16:16
Wonderful moment and place and, as always, a very interesting caption :^)
Zoltán Balogh15-Aug-2015 14:12
Cool! V
XiaoBernard9915-Aug-2015 12:59
The lighting of the trees is superb, green mood indeed.
That gives a strange mood in the night.
Very pleasant
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