Located in Kyoto, Heian Shrine is perhaps the most popular of all Japanese Shinto shrines.. The garden at Heian was my 2nd favourite out of all the ones I saw in Kyoto (my favourite being Royanji, of course). As I came to learn, it is home to various rare species, including some pond turtles. Some websites list the shrine as a top 5 destination in Kyoto.
As for the girl with the red and white dress...I have no idea what her function is. I tried to find some information online but found nothing. So if any one of you knows, please enlighten us. Thanks :)
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pajaran (53008) 2013-08-17 11:12
Lep pogled na hram i devojku u dvoristu ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Nice view of the temple and the girl in the yard ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and time indicated.
A beautiful temple.
All the best for the weekend.
kato (11630) 2013-08-17 23:04
You're capturing well the entrance gate and the it's wide courtyard by a good angle and excellent tone. The woman who wore red and white clothes are called the shrine maiden. A shrine maiden is a woman who mainly serves God of Japan. A long time ago, although they were doing ancient Shinto music and dance, praying, or acting as fortune-telling, after becoming Meiji era, in the shrine, they did service of the divine work, and changed to the role which assists Shinto priest. Techically, it is better to catch the shrine maiden in the position of the right along which she walks leftward and crop the lower part a little, in my opinion.