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Posted by
L'explorateur (Vancouver, Canada) on 15 February 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The 4th image in this Japanese series.

The huge black Torii in Nikkou (日光, literally sunlight), a symbolic gate between the profane and the sacred.
Nikkou has been the center of Shinto and Buddhist worship for many centuries. 
The first temple has been built in 766 A.D. It now hosts many shrines and temples (maybe the most decorated in the whole country) and it’s the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. 
The day I took this picture it was pouring cats and dogs!
Nikkou is just 140 km North of Tokyo.


La quarta foto della serie sul Giappone.
L’imponente Torii nero di Nikkou (日光, letteralmente luce del sole), un simbolico portale tra il sacro e il profano.
 Nikkou è stato il centro della preghiera Shintoista e Buddista per svariati secoli. Il primo tempio è stato eretto nel 766 DC e ora ospita molti templi, alcuni dei quali tra i più decorati di tutto il Giappone. È anche il mausoleo di Tokugawa Ieyasu, il fondatore dello shogunato Tokugawa.

Il giorno della mia visita è sceso il diluvio!
Nikkou si trova a soli 140 km a Nord di Tokyo.

Taken on Aug 8, 2005, at Nikkou, Japan.
Scattata l’8 Agosto 2005, a Nikkou, Giappone.

KODAK DX6490 ZOOM 1/60 second F/2.8 ISO 80 38 mm (35mm equiv.)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Now that is some thuderstorm! Great shot made better by the fury of the Gods!

15 Feb 2011 10:16am

@CElliottUK: That was some super-heavy rain! I agree that the place looks nicer in this weather. :)

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

magnifique cette pluie (que j'ai eu en allant là-bas au mois de juin)

15 Feb 2011 10:58am

Franz from Baden, Austria

great! i like the gentle tones and the streaks of rain! hope you didn't get soaked!

15 Feb 2011 1:26pm

@Franz: Actually, I did. Utterly soaked. :D

Natalie from Chicago, United States

I love the streaks of rain, so beautiful!

15 Feb 2011 3:36pm

@Natalie: I love rain. I love the gentle sound, but also the power that sometimes it carries. It's kind of magic. :)

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Una foto preciosa,me encanta la compo y la atmósfera que la envuelve.Buen trabajo.

15 Feb 2011 7:07pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Ha ha... I love this weather sarcasm!
Rain in Sunlight!

16 Feb 2011 1:16am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

You have captured the rain beautifully. I can almost hear the rain. I love the perspective and POV.

16 Feb 2011 5:56pm

٭ ƸɼiϾ ٭ from Narbonne, France

vey good atmosphere with this rain !
nice idea :-))

17 Feb 2011 8:21am

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Wonderful image, the rain makes it really special!

1 Mar 2011 5:30pm

1/60 second
ISO 80
38 mm (35mm equiv.)