Daienji Shrine

I know I have been a little quiet recently. Work has been getting a lot more busy, and an awful lot more stressful. Dragging a camera out on the weekends has been one of my means of relaxation, but then I need time to get the films processed, even more importantly, scanned. I will do a blog post on how I do all of that at some point, along with some posts on the gear I use. I have rather a lot. Unfortunately one of my Nikon F3’s failed and caused me to ruin a couple of rolls of Astia - the meter was badly off and slide film is not very forgiving. The cost of repair was such I ended up buying another F3 body. That turned into me buying 2 more as they were a bargain and in fabulous condition, so now I have 3 of them! That’s how I have ended up with my large collection. I really need to find a way to sell some of the gear I have and get down to a more manageable set.

Near where I live in Meguro, there is a tiny shrine that is extremely photogenic. It was set up hundreds of years ago in memory of a tragic fire that destroyed a large part of the area. Now the Japanese did then, and still do, take their fires verbs seriously as the common building material is wood. So much so, in fact, that the girl accused of starting the fire was burned alive as an example. Her memorial is in the shrine grounds. Needless to say such drastic measure are not taken in this day and age.

These photos are all taken on a Canon EOS1v professional film camera. This was the pinnacle of the Canon film camera series and is still available new today. I used the amazing Canon EF 50mm F1.2L lens - simply gorgeous and the main reason I still have Canon bodies - and loaded with Kodak E100VS slide film which I have been trying. You let me know what you think of the film results…..

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A tassel on the lantern in the lobby of the main shrine building.

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A golden buddha. Devotees will add their own gold. This being Japan, people don’t try and steal the gold.

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These small statues are only around 20cm tall.

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More of them, this time without the fetching headgear.

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A very contented looking statue.

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This monk doesn’t look very well fed. There are hundreds of uniquely different statues lining the small hillock behind. Each is around 40cm tall.

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My favourite serene statue.

© David Runacres 2014