Reflection of a Tower
I have always been in love with reflections in the water. They make the object of admiration all that more mystical. The item seems so near yet feels far at the same time.
The above shot was taken at Tokyo Disneyland of one of the towers leading up to Cinderella’s Fairytale Castle.
The Arabian Coast in Tokyo Disneysea
This is another reflection shot which I took. I love how the boat looks in the water from afar.
This is the shot which started my interest in capturing such reflection shots. This photograph was feature in my post on Hippoportamus over at my photography blog.
Do you admire reflections too?
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Monkey boy doing a jump shot
It can be really challenging getting the kids to line up for a posed shot. I wanted to get the boys to jump off from the totem together. As you can see from the above collage I only managed to get Monkey boy to jump on cue. I guess with more then one person jumping it can be quite difficult to co-ordinate.
I gave up trying to catch the “perfect shot” as Tiger girl wanted in with the boys having so much fun jumping around. She too wanted to jump off from the totem which really scared me as it was really rather high for her height. I had to hold both her hands to make sure she landed safely after jumping.
Do your kids love jumping too?
The entrance to the shrine
Kumanokotai Shrine was one of the places that we visited in December. It is located on the border line of Nagano and Gunma prefecture. It was about a half an hour drive from Karuizawa up the mountain road.
This was a very unique shrine, On the Nagano side shrine is called KumanoKotai Shrine, and Gunma side is called Kumano Shrine. Here is enshrined the Holly sprits of Kumano.
climbing up the stairs
It was a short trek to the shrine but the steps were quite steep. Luckily Tiger girl was more then willing to climb up the flight of stairs and I didn’t need to carry her.
top down shot of the staircase
Lanterns lining the path
I love the design of the lanterns that were aligning the staircase. I’m sure it would certainly make the path look really cozy at night.
The view at the top
At the top of the staircase we were saw these two buildings. One of the buildings was a hall while the other one housed the God- Izanami no Mikoto, Yamatotakeru no Mikoto
The wishing board
Like most Japanese shrines there was a board where one can ask favours from the GODs. You need to purchase the plague or special offering paper and write your wish on it before attaching it to the board. On the adjourning wall there were many plagues with the name of various Japanese households who have donated to the shrine.
A table which was used to sell tailsmans
Besides penning down your wishes you could also purchase tailsmans for good luck, good marriage, kids studies etc. Unfortunately the shop was closed when we visited the place so I couldn’t see how they really looked like.
Have you visited a Shrine before?