The mythical Emperor Takeru of the Yamato Dynasty lived between approximately AD 70-130. His colossal bronze statue stands sentinel on a hilltop in Kenroko-en Park in Kanazawa. Kenroko-en is regarded as one of Japan's three most beautiful parks, featuring ponds and plants, and populated by exotic birds. The genuinely beautiful and historic city, Kanazawa, along with the better known Kyoto, was spared the horrific bombing of WWII. (In that sense, it was treated in the same manner as the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge in England and Heidelberg in Germany.) Shrines, temples, pagodas all abound, as do Geisha Women and descendants of the Samurai. I was in Kanazawa this past week in order to give a lecture at a conference. In late July the weather was hot and humid, and a UV-filter helped to filter through the haze.
The brilliant red umbrella of a visitor added a colorful "chop mark" to the scene, one that Lord Takeru must have appreciated from his perch.
I dedicate this photo to another Takero, however, Takero Kawabata (bukitgolfb301, who has been treating us for many years to spectacular photos from festivals in Japan. I also dedicate it to my good friend, Malgorzata Kopczynska (Emka), who also posted photos from this beautiful park.
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siudzi (34141) 2014-08-02 13:54
What an attractive capture of this impressive monument! You used the moment perfectly to build superb interesting presentation. Very well executed and composed. Bravo!
asajernigan (21427) 2014-08-02 14:24
This is a nicely composed shot of this famous monument. The addition of the two people with their umbrellas add a nice splash of color for the scene. The photo has fine sharpness and detail.
photoray (13981) 2014-08-02 18:10
Thankfully our WWII bombers did not destroy Kanazawa. Perhaps because it was more difficult to reach by air, unlike Europe from our England ally.
And the weathered Emperor Takero is dominate and excellently portrayed on his rocky pedestal and surrounding landscaping.
stego (24132) 2014-08-02 20:38
Yes, it's me, I think I am back in TE, a place where I have so much good time and met great friends like you.
By a happy coincidence, I found this photo when I was writing the note on my last post, which by another coincidence, was shot exactly 6 years ago when we met in Barcelona.
By looking at this beauty, I see you are still an inspired photographer. The technical quality is flawless, you took advantage of what seems a good light, as the colours are very attractive. I like the compo also, with the two human figures and their colourful umbrellas adding interest to the image, which is very effective showing the statue and the park.
aliabazari (16170) 2014-08-02 21:59
Hi Bulent dear
Very beautiful shot of Japan. Excellent depth and composition. I like the Japanese culture. Exposure was very good resolution. Thanks for sharing this nice picture
emka (97683) 2014-08-02 23:26
Thank you so much for a dedication. On the page of Kanazawa there is only one photo between ours, after four years. Not very popular place :). When I saw the title, I thought that maybe you met our dear friend Takero, I had no idea there was a Lord Takero.
Splendid composition from this amazing garden. Nice inclusion of persons with umbrellas. Nice also the bamboo fence. I must see my photos from there to refresh my memory.
All the best and hugs for C.J. In September I go to Russia, I am already very excited. M.
annjackman (21899) 2014-08-03 2:55
A very nice crisp picture and an interesting subject. I love the balance between the emperor and the two people with umbrellas gazing up at him. How lucky that one umbrella was red!
A super image with an interesting note.
Kind Regards, Ann
holmertz (52782) 2014-08-03 2:57
This is a very elegant composition and of course the title made me curious. My knowledge of Japanese history and myths is limited, but I am of course quite familiar with Mr Kawabata. The two umbrellas, and especially the red one, are equally important to this photo as the statue and the trees. This is a fine proof that a good composition often needs several elements to interact. Take one of them away, and the result will be much less interesting.
jhm (152970) 2014-08-03 3:19
Hello Dear Bulent,
I see that you was in Japan one week ago, Takero shall are very satisfied with his mention.
Yes Japan has during WAR II a very heavy battled against the American army on the different islands, self a very heavy toll paid in 1945.
These picture is very clear and good composition.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
snunney (99116) 2014-08-03 3:20
As well as adding a splash of colour the two ladies with their umbrellas are well placed to offer a sense of scale for this very impressive statue. The vertical format suits perfectly. Top class technical presentation.
Noel_Byrne (31132) 2014-08-03 9:01
The clarity of these scene is really impressive, so sharp and clear, and perfectly done for this excellent subject. Nice that the statue is making perfect eye contact with you, and the red umbrella does add so much to the resulting image. A splash of red in a sea of green and blue. Really nicely done.
worldcitizen (8654) 2014-08-03 10:32
Japan holds a special place in my heart, and it's a pleasure to see your latest photo from this beautiful country. The combination of the giant statue and the women admiring it, is wonderful. The colorful umbrellas jump out and add extra life to the scene. My friends from Japan who have visited me here in NYC thought is was curious that very few people used umbrellas for the sun. It's so common in Japan. I hope you're enjoying the summer so far. :-)
jemaflor (97305) 2014-08-03 23:18
good view on the statue, light is perfect and good result with these people with colored umbrellas, interesting colors details and also to give a scale at the statue.
Nicou (142176) 2014-08-04 2:17
quelle image et ensemble superbe ces personnage avec leur ombrelles colorées la lampe et quelle statue imposante quelle mise en valeur superbe compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-04 7:51
This is a wonderful composition!
The atmosphere is very charming and tranquil.
l like the red umbrella, it is a vivid spot of your photo.
Very nice capture!
bukitgolfb301 (41864) 2014-08-04 17:32
Hi dear Bulent, how are you there?
Very regrettable not to mmet up you in Japan, but lookimg forwrd to another opportunity. Ya sharp and clear image in perfect framework as usual. I want to catch up with his great achievement as much as possible.
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
Mics (970) 2014-08-05 3:30
Hello Prof. Bulent,
Finely composed shot with the two women with umbrellas adding life to this beautiful park. The clarity of the photo is noteworthy and the colors with the lighting condition was perfectly managed. Really nice work:)
papagolf21 (101984) 2014-08-06 4:18
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Image impressionnante à découvrir. Un grand merci pour cette publication très intéressante à tous points de vue.
Le cadrage est fort bien pensé pour mettre en valeur cette sculpture géante.
mirosu (16227) 2014-08-07 9:40
Excellent view up to nice statue and beautiful tree. The vertical arrangement is superb. Nice to see the two persons in foreground, the red umbrella adds nice contrast to the scene.
Very well done.
Tue (37070) 2014-08-08 8:09
I hope Carol Jean and you have had a wonderful experience in Japan! This statue looks impressive and the inclusion of the two people (and their umbrellas!) is really nice, particularly for adding a sense of scale.
resat1972 (7576) 2014-08-08 9:03
Bülent Bey merhaba
kırmızı şemsiyeli modelle süslenmiş nefis bir çalışma
japonyadan harika bir anı
lousat (91424) 2014-08-08 10:39
Hi Bulent,absolutely beautiful this imposing perspective showing us the statue of the famous emperor Takero,great capture and great quality,and the red umbrella is like the cherry on the cake,perfect for an original title and to complete in the best way the composition too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
alvaraalto (13136) 2014-08-08 13:59
Rain or sunshine: a Japanese lady will use a parapluie or a parasol. Who will see the difference.
Great observation !
PS. I’m have way collecting and correcting the right album of our visit to the States. Soon I’ll mail you a selection of our lovely meeting.
COSTANTINO (65272) 2014-08-22 22:39
Hello my dear friend
and have a nice weekedn
impressive colorful postcard from the mythical
Emperor Takeru of the Yamato Dynasty
an attractive and impressive monument
with the inclusion of those two person
with the colorful umbrellas
according to your useful notes the brillant
red umbrella of a visitor addede a colorful
chop mark to the scene
Didi (60588) 2014-09-03 8:22
Salam dear friend
Interesting touch of red
Awesome picture with a nice view on the big statue
Very good light ambiance
serp2000 (44203) 2015-04-21 6:47
Hello, dear Bulent,
When I've been in Takayama, I also had have plan to visit Kanazawa. (Takero recommended me did it). But the bus station had some problems with the tickets and I went to Shinotaka. So I like your report from this place. Excellent composition with a lot of details, perfect sharpness. Special thanks for this informative note.
Well, I came back from Japan and I have got very busy weeks. I don't have ideas about my next place. Actually I have to work for it. ;)
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38821)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-27
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 67mm UV haze
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-02 12:26
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