LAPC #145 ~ Getting to know you

Travel is the best teacher, don’t you think?

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!

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

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.

Temizuya at the entrance of the shrine

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.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #145