Small Temple in Meguro

I have this thing about photographing some of the hundred of shrines and temples around Tokyo. One of the most fascinating is actually very close to my apartment. It is maybe 150 meters from Meguro station on the JR Yamanote Line and is called Daien-ji. The story goes that the girl supposedly responsible for a fire that destroyed a large part of Edo (old name for Tokyo) in 1772 was burned at the stake here - being the starting place of the fire. Her remains are intered in the temple itself. Five hundred stone statues are arrange along an embankment next to the temple as homage to those killed in the fire. Edo took fires very seriously as much of the city was made from wood and other highly flammable materials - due to earthquakes - and very closely packed together. 

I have been to this temple a number of times to take photos and here are some of the results. I will go back as the seasons change and the light becomes better.


Some of the 500 statues. Hasselblad 500CM and Fuji PRO160 film

Silverfast 003 (2)

Flowers. Hasselblad 500CM and Fuji PRO160 film.

Silverfast 006

Statues representing children who died. Hasselblad 500CM and Fuji PRO160 film.

Silverfast M7 Ektar 002

Leica M7, Leica Noctilux 50/1.0, Kodak Ektar film

© David Runacres 2014