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Entrance to Enlightenment

This is the Meiji Shrine taken during one of my recent trips to Tokyo, Japan. I was only able to stay in Japan for 3 days and feel like I just scratched the surface of this amazing place. The sights, the food, the culture... words just can't describe. Everything was so organized, so clean.. and yet the population is so much greater. Everyone was so proud, even the taxi drivers wore suits and white gloves!


About the shot, this was a fairly difficult photo to take. As this was on a weekend, there were literally hundreds of people inside the courtyard. I tried to wait for the swarms of people to clear but it was impossible to get a shot without someone in it. The good news was that the entire structure is perfectly symmetrical. So the set of 9 exposures that I took only had about 5 people total. I was able to clone out and duplicate small parts of each side, taking the people out until I was essentially able to rebuild the scene, "people free".


A bit about the shrine. The shrine is located inside Yoyogi Park, just outside the Harajuku Station. The original building was destroyed during air raids back in World War 2. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund raising effort and completed in October, 1958. It's part of a large forested area inside of a very densely built-up city. There are many paths and large walk ways that make it perfect for a leisurely stroll. This location is incredibly popular and welcomes more than 3 million visitors in just the first few days of each new year alone. Many traditional Shinto weddings also take place here throughout the year and I was fortunate enough to witness one. Hope to post that later.


Have a fantastic week!

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Taken on February 6, 2010