In this edition of Lens-Artist Photo Challenge, Priscilla, the host, puts up the theme Getting To Know You — “as that theme might pertain to your relationship with a subject you’ve photographed. It could be a Person, a Place, a Culture, an Object…”
I choose few photos of my trip in Japan. I have always been amazed by Japanese culture. So, I really cherished the time I was in Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. The place is so tranquil, and I love peaceful, zen places!
Inari is the protector god of rice, agriculture and industry, and is usually represented in the shape of a fox. The vermilion gates and the enchanted fox (komagitsune) are the specific features of Inari shrines.
The temizuya is an interesting feature of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Before entering a shrine it is customary to perform a misogi, a purification process, where you cleanse your spirit first before entering the gates. Do not mistake it for a drinking fountain.
Here are the steps: (1) Approach the temizuya and remove one ladle (2) Scoop a little bit of water out and pour it into one hand, and repeat the process pouring it into the other hand (3) Scoop up some water a third time, cup your hand, pour some water into it, sip the water in your hand and then spit it out (do not swallow it – this is not a drinking fountain!). Source
Travel is really the best teacher.