Miko of Nachi Taisha shrine in Kumano Kodo

Miko of Nachi Taisha shrine in Kumano Kodo, Kii peninsula. Japan.

Miko of Nachi Taisha shrine in Kumano Kodo. A Miko is a “shrine maiden”, or priestess, who performs many tasks related to the daily activities of a shrine. The traditional attire is a red Hakama and a white Haori.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 103mm
Shutter time: 1/400 s
Aperture: F/3.5
Sensitivity: ISO400

 

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Pilgrims at the Nachi no Taki waterfall in Kumano Kodo

Pilgrims at the Nachi no Taki waterfall in Kumano Kodo. Japan.

A couple of pilgrims visit the Nachi no Taki waterfall shinto shrine. More realistically they are tourists who want to live a more intense experience, anyhow they are dressed up in a very traditional way, as in the Heian era.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 135mm
Shutter time: 1/125 s
Aperture: F/4.5
Sensitivity: ISO400

 

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Contemplation, a close up of the of the Nachi no Taki waterfall

Contemplation, a close up of the of the Nachi no Taki waterfall. Japan.

Contemplation. A detail of the Nachi no taki waterfall. This is a famous destination among travelers and japanese people as well, because of its beauty and its spiritual importance (being part of the “Nachi Taisha” temple area).
In this picture I’ve focused on the details, which are the soul of its beauty: the particular color of the stone, the complex and almost perfect vertical flow of the water, with its many small jumps, the way it creeps between the fissures and the presence of a pine tree which pushes out toward the water, all of this creates an almost poetic and timeless scene that brings to my mind the ancient japanese scroll paintings.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 135mm
Shutter time: 1/20 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO80
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan

This photograph has been awarded with an Honorable Mention in the 2017 edition of the ND Awards: Contemplation – Category “Other”
 

 

Nachi no taki the waterfall spirit of Kumano Kodo

Nachi no taki, the waterfall spirit. Japan.

Nachi no Taki waterfall, near the important Nachi Taisha shinto shrine in Kumano Kodo, Kii peninsula. This is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Japan, and one of the most important because it embodies the spirit of Hiryu Gongen, a worshipped “kami” of Kumano Kodo. The view of the waterfall from its base and the roaring sound of the impact with the rocks makes you feel tiny and reveal the possible presence of the “kami” within this wondrous manifestation of the power of nature.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: SMC DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited
Focal lenght: 15mm
Shutter time: 1/25 s
Aperture: F/8
Sensitivity: ISO100
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan
 

Daimon-zaka the ancient pilgrimage path in the Kii peninsula

Daimon-zaka, the ancient pilgrimage path. Japan.

The Daimon-zaka is part of the Sankeimichi pilgrimage path in south-eastern area of the Kii peninsula; it is a monumental staircase made with cobblestones that climbs a slope of about 600 meters to reach the Kumano Nachi Taisha. The quiet atmosphere and the almost physical sensation of being embraced by the ancient forest establish some sort of spiritual bond with that natural place, arousing a pleasant peaceful feeling.

EXIF:
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: SMC DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM
Focal lenght: 50mm
Shutter time: 1/50 s
Aperture: F/3.2
Sensitivity: ISO400
 

You can find the full blog post about the Kii peninsula at the following page: Kii peninsula: discovering the ancient natural and sacred heart of Japan

 

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