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Posts tagged cemetery

Okunoin (奥の院)


Grave Bling

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Jeju (South Korea) stone artist

Okunoin statue

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Kukai (AKA Kobo Daishi) doesn’t have a grave since he didn’t die. He entered samadhi (sanmai or 三昧) instead. I’m pretty sure this statue in Okunoin is of Kukai although I’m not certain.

Adashino Nenbutsuji’s 8,000 Buddhist statuettes

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I was a couple weeks too early in August to see the Sento Kuyo (千灯供養) ceremony (which happens annually on August 23 and 24) at Adashino. On those evenings the temple is covered in candles and lanterns. Don’t miss it if you happen to be in Kyoto then.

Okunoin (奥の院)

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Koyasan’s famous Japanese cemetery

One of my favorite places on this earth is this cemetery in the mountains of Japan. I’m dying to return.

What a difference shooting in RAW can make!

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jpg version

I was going through and deleting some photos from last summer when I came upon the photo above. I almost hit delete, but I was curious what the photo was even of so I decided to take a peek at the RAW file before deleting.

This was the same photo in RAW format:

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RAW version of same photo

At first I thought I had opened the wrong photo, but then I checked the file name and sure enough they were the same.

I took this while walking through the Okunoin Cemetery just after sunset. I didn’t have a tripod so I just set my camera on rocks or headstones to take long exposures. Obviously, this one @ 30 seconds wasn’t long enough for a jpg photo, but in RAW it almost looks properly exposed.

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