Shibakoen

Next to the Tokyo Tower, there is a large park called Shibakoen - with all kinds of interesting things in it. Shrines, temples, an actual park etc. I love one of the temples as it has former imperial graves and a special section devoted to young children who died. These are not sad, but joyful memorials for a life that never got to be what they could have been. Some of the statues are decorated with clothes and toys. They make for great photography. I took along my Mamiya 645 gear and a light meter. All were shot using Kodak Ektar 100 colour negative film.

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Some of the statues. Slight distortion from the Memiya Sekor wide angle lens.

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This one was ready for the New Year - in 2012

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There are hundreds of these statues.

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The small red hat is a feature of these children’s statues.

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Flowers in the Imperial graveyard

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Japanese maple is lush during summer.

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Tokyo Tower is just next door.

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A detail of the main temple gate.


© David Runacres 2014