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Japanese Shrines are sacred buildings of the Shinto religion, an indigenous religion to Japan. The primary objective of a Shinto Shrine is to store and protect sacred objects, kami. These objects are said to be enshrined. Most Shinto Shrines feature a honden, the primary building where the sacred objects, kami are stored. An exception to this is where the sacred object is a mountain or similarly large object. Some shrines contain halls for worship, known as harden.

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http://www.gojapango.com/travel/japanese_shrine.html

Post editing workflow:
Cropped image to centre the shrine, applied lens correction, straighten the image, converted to B&W, reduced exposure, increased contrast, masked to roof and the stairs of the shrine and increased the exposure within the mask, increased the overall clarity, brightened the shadows, reduced the highlights for more details in the bight areas, added dark vignetting to centre the main focus onto the shrine.

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