The Fushimi Inari shrine is an impressive place literally covered with massive orange shrines (and covered with tourists as well). When we went there, we half deliberately took a wrong turn and ended up walking a narrow dirt path into the woods for a couple of hours. In several places along the path were fantastic shrines to the fox protectors or Fushimi Inari. A multitude of small Torii with these male and female fox statues wearing red aprons. This is my best approximation of what these felt like.
Wandering around Gion at night, I stumbled upon this large temple complex (I think it’s the Yasaka Shrine.) In particular, the numerous paper lantern on this dance stage illuminated the area in a really cool way. I waited for some passers by and got this shot out of it, which I find really moody.
In Kyoto I discovered that temples had an entirely different character at night. Some areas are unlit (and even my XT3 isn’t good enough to shoot those without a tripod) but some areas are lit selectively, which makes for really moody shots. This guy was hurrying to visist every shrine and offer a quick prayer.
I love those tiny shrines on the curb in Hong Kong. If you’re not on the lookout, you just might miss them. I love the idea that size is not what matters to worship…
Miniature Street Shrine
One of the fascinating sights in Hong Kong is the public display of religious fervor, designed if I understand correctly to bring prosperity to business ventures. As a consequence you see a lot of burnings in front of shops, and during certain festivals even offerings of suckling pig and fruit. But these little shrines are there all year round and they’re my favourite.