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This is one of four soldiers guarding the Tosho-gu shrine in Nikko, where the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu is buried. This one is an archer, located on the inside of the main gate (Yomei-mon). His armor is covered in gold leaf, although the gold itself is shadowed by a thick layer of dust. A very impressive figure, in a very impressive place. Look how the archer's hand gesture is frozen in time, and how it simulates both calm and focus, as this guard is ready to shoot any intruder...

On a technical note: I had very low light to capture, so I had to lean my camera on a post for maximum stability. This made-up pod paid off, it seems!

Photoshop: ajust levels and sharpen.

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