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Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple

One of my favorite walks was around Nanzenji Temple. It was originally built in 1264 as an Imperial Villa at the base of the Higashiyama mountains. It is the head temple of one of the schools within Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It is a massive complex and one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan. I am still amazed by the yield of photographs from my trip to Kyoto. I have already made 10 blog posts and have another 5 or so in the queue. I got a few photos that I really love that are entering my portfolio and that is all you can really ask for from a few days of shooting.

When you write a blog you are always in search of content for your next post. I run a very busy schedule so often I am shooting and capturing what I see while on the go. It is very rare I get the chance to just shoot for a few days. To be so far head in my blog content is a huge relief for me. I am continuing to shoot while I have this backlog so I hope to keep a nice backlog going. It makes writing ShootTokyo a bit less stressful and more enjoyable. I hate not having content to post but sometimes my workload and family live takes over.

While I was only there for three days I constantly had my camera pointing and shooting something. I only saw a fraction of what Kyoto has to offer. It is truly a photographer's paradise in terms of locations and content to shoot. It was truly a great trip and I can't wait to explore Kyoto more on future trips.

The sanmon or main gate of Nanzen-ji...

Today’s configuration: Leica M6 with various Leica lenses shot on Kodak Ektar film.

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Just off to the size of the main gate is a massive brick aqueduct system that was constructed in 1868 to carry water and goods between Kyoto and Lake Biwa (Japan's largest lake).

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

There are many sub-temples within Nanzenji. My favorite was this one that was lined with a beautiful pond garden...

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Like many of the other temples it was a calm and peaceful walk around...

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

The more time I spent in Kyoto the more I learned to appreciate the simple beauty and calm of walking around these temples...

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

I would love to have a Koi pond one day...

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto shot on Ektar 100 film with a Leica M6

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto shot on Ektar 100 film with a Leica M6

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto

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