Autumn Reflections at Nagaoka Tenmangu
You may have noticed that I post a lot of BLOGs about this particular shrine. Well, it always has something to see in each month of the year. Secondly, for most of the year it's a pretty peaceful place to relax without the crowds that turn up at the more famous places. Thirdly, it's only about 15 minutes walk from my house, so it's easy for me to get to.
Actually, I want to tell you a story about how I found out about this place. About two months prior to us moving to Japan, we made a short trip to Japan to get my visa activated and to look for a house to rent. On that trip I took some photos nearby Nagaoka Tenmangu which I published on an older website of mine. I had geotagged the photos and soon after I published them a gentleman from France sent me an email asking me if I had taken any photos at the pond in the area. I looked around on Google Maps and found a large pond just to the west of where I had taken the photos. On my second morning after moving to Japan I headed out to this place and took some photos, and I have gone back regularly ever since.
The photo I'm posting today was taken about 2 years after I moved to Japan. It was my first November with the Nikon D700 camera, so I took a lot of photos that November. I recall I went to Nagaoka Tenmangu 3 times that November as well as a number of other spots in Kyoto.
Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine is about a 5 minute walk west of Nagaoka Tenjin Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. If you're one who insist on always using JR trains, then the nearest JR Station is Nagaokakyo, but it's about a 15 minute walk to the west of there or you could catch a bus from there.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D700 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2 lens with a circular polariser. No post production has been done on this photo.