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Visiting a shrine: The Holy Smoke | View on Large Black


At some temples, visitors burn incense (osenko) in large incense burners. Purchase a bundle, light them, let them burn for a few seconds and then extinguish the flame by waving your hand rather than by blowing it out. Finally, put the incense into the incense burner and fan some smoke towards yourself as the smoke is believed to have healing power. For example, fan some smoke towards your shoulder if you have an injured shoulder. (


This photo was taken right infront of The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Daibutsu).


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[Photo Archive] March 2009

Location: Kōtoku-in, Kanagawa, Japan

Camera: Nikon D700 + AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.4G

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Uploaded on March 17, 2009