Strange how a few words can change one's perception of a person, a nation, a place.
I remember being impressed by the beauty of these falls and by how many people came to admire this gift of nature. Then today, looking at Wikipedia for information about the place, I came across disturbing facts. Now the falls have become a more poignant place and their innocent veneer has vanished.
I am reminded of Shakespeare's perceptive words that nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes things so.
I include Wikipedia's info below:
Kegon Falls (華厳滝, Kegon no Taki?) are located at Lake Chūzenji (source of the Oshiri River) in Nikkō National Park in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. The falls were formed when the Daiya River was rerouted by lava flows. About twelve smaller waterfalls are situated behind and to the sides of Kegon Falls, leaking through the many cracks between the mountain and the lava flows.
At 97 m high, it is one of Japan's three highest waterfalls. In the autumn, the traffic on the road from Nikko to Chūzenji can sometimes slow to a crawl as visitors come to see the fall colors.
The Kegon Falls are infamous for suicides, especially among Japanese youth.
Misao Fujimura (1886 – May 22, 1903) a Japanese philosophy student and poet, is largely remembered due to his farewell poem directly on the trunk of a tree before committing suicide by jumping from the Kegon Falls. The story was soon sensationalized in contemporary newspapers, and was commented upon by the famed writer Natsume Soseki. This led the famed scenic falls to become a notorious spot for lovetorn or otherwise desperate youngsters to take their lives.
In workshop I have a clearer view of the falls.
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maximage (15535) 2009-12-26 2:56
Un très beau site bien mis en valeur par une composition soignée. J'aime bien le personnage.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-12-26 2:58
Hello Klaudio! Perfect photorapher. Amazing waterfall. Excellent scene. Good POV and composition. Very good capture. Nice frame. Original effect. Well done!
wolf38 (31284) 2009-12-26 3:26
Hello Klaudio. A professional at work. You have captured this scene in the deft way with your camera. Well done and worth seeing. Regards, Wolfgang.
adasindia (633) 2009-12-26 3:34
Beautiful composition. A great capture. Pro at FG and beautiful falls at BG. The rainbow looks great, Very well done.
nagual2 (1452) 2009-12-26 5:11
HERE YOU E THE TRUE MEANING AND FEELING OF PHOTOGRAPHY.,THIS MAN IS TRULY SAPIENS.
alftrek (3270) 2009-12-26 10:26
I wonder what camera this Japanese fella is using with such a huge LCD display. He does seem very serious with what he was doing. The light and exposure here is perfectly managed. Great FG clarity and exposure without overexposing the brightly lit cliff and background. The rainbow is a bonus.
The Trenthem Fall I visited few months back near Daylesford is only one third the height of this one.
macondo (18623) 2009-12-26 19:47
Interesting shot that turns a landscape partially into a sort of 'daily life', as this fellow fidgets, as we all do, with his gear. The rainbow is a bonus, and immediately had me wondering if you managed to get a shot of it without the photographer in the way - I see you've done that in the WS. The exposure and detail in the shadows is very good, despite the brightness of the water and sunlit rock wall behind. The falls themselves look magnificent under the winter sun; ironic that they should be the scene for so many suicides.
Dyerco (10185) 2009-12-27 15:12
The WS version is superb but this one has a different slant with the serious lady and her note-making. The light was well managed here as there is good detail in both the shadowed and sunlit areas.
Abyta (191) 2009-12-27 23:08
Great scene within beautiful landscape. I like the rainbow...
Photographer is looking very concentrated, taking his work very seriously.
skippy007 (12510) 2009-12-31 16:36
Ciao Klaudio, It can be a very serious business as is evident here. Nice capture, with plenty of interest. I always say that we either get old or we die, I don't like either but it is unfortunate when young troubled people take their own life, enough of that, best wishes for a happy & healthy New Year to you & your loved ones.
Un caro saluto
mesutilgim (88598) 2010-01-01 2:18
Wonderfull capture, worth of 1000 words ! And fascinating informations.
I remember when I was a young school boy, and travelling around with my father on photo-trips, I had to carry the heavy Monfrotto tripod and the aluminum case of the equipment; where my father was using a small Leica exposuremeter only !
My claims remained allways unanswered. Therefore I liked your title and the history !
The capture itself, is of course great. My opinion, a perfect TE entry as it should be !
TFS and my cordial wishes for a happy and properous new year.
cagla (4182) 2010-01-05 8:35
As you say, I started to look at the scenery with a different kind of effect after reading your notes. Actually the falls are magnificent, they are a kind of natural wonder, but it is a pity that they sometimes work like the bosphorus bridge in Istanbul. I sometimes feel a strange kind of fear like this one, when I'm crossing the bridge, just because of the same reason. Anyway, a very interestin scenery, thank you for sharing. Selamlar..
Skimjack (219) 2010-01-10 13:34
fanni (14381) 2010-01-18 13:27
I am very very very sorry that I am so late with expressing my opinion about your wonderful photos which you've posted for the past time! the photos taken in Japan are really wonderful!
I was away from TE for a long time, present with breaks... and I've been trying to catch up with all the missed things... you know!..
OK I'll start with this shot, if you don't mind? :)
Excellent sense of depth - with all this perspective: the mani n the FG and distant falls, and even a rainbow created by water drops!
Very beautiful view... not sure if I will ever see this place with my own eyes, though... but I would love to go to Japan as soon as possible. I'm trying to save money for the trip!
Oh yes, you are right: "a few words can change one's perception of a person, a nation, a place"... they can - but not always. It depends on how you sense, perceive this person, nation or place :-)
Very best wishes from very frosty Moscow!
- Copyright: Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) (25563)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Unforgetable Japan
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-26 2:38