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Miniature torii at Zeniarai-benten Shrine, Kamakura, Japan

March 20th 2011

Kamakura has some amazing shrines and none more so than the very Miyazaki-esque "Zeniarai-benten".

Set in the nap of a hill, you reach Zeniarai through a tunnel carved through the solid rock of the hillside, much like Chiyo reached the parallel world of the bath-houses and spirits in Hayao Miyazaki's animated classic, 'Spirited Away'.

A lovely, calm, relaxing, spiritual spot for my family and my friend, Sam [holidaying with us from the UK for the whole of March].

This was shot in the area at the very back of the shrine, where one washes one's money in little baskets. The shrine is dedicated to gods of prosperity.

Calm, cool, almost silent.... diginified and restrained.

Nikon D700
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Ai
Cropped to a square in Photoshop