This is kind of a test post to see how this website works. So forgive any strangeness or mistakes I make.
This is one of my most popular HDR shots.
It sure does seem like a gateways to another world, doesn’t it? I don’t mean in any kind of spiritual sense, but in a very literal one. Approaching the gate, you are surrounded by nothing but white walls. The gate itself, while nice, is kind of dark and drab. It’s a very monotone environment. But then, you get closer and closer and closer; you look inside the gate and see all this color and light of the temple garden. You can’t help but feel a little like you are stepping into another world. It’s kind of neat. I’m sure they designed it to provoke this exact effect.
The name of this temple is zui’nenji . It’s located in downtown Okazaki. It was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1563.
The temple contains the tombstone of Ieyasu’s Great Aunt, Hisako. Hisako raised Ieyasu after he was separated from his mother. The temple overlooks the Tokaido Road, an ancient highway that connected Edo (home of the Shogun – present day Tokyo) and Kyoto (home of the Emperor).
By the way, see those stickers in the doorway of the gate? Travelers would stick those on temples they visited. Many temples have banned the practice today, but the stickers from past travelers remain.
You can read more about this at my blog, JapanDave: http://bit.ly/dtjn5h