Apr 26, 2008

In Sunlight

Here are a few pictures from a recent day trip up to Nikko. The series of temples and shrines was built by the Tokugawa Shogunate as a show of wealth and power, and is the burial place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun of that line.

"Nikko" is Japanese for "sunlight." On this given day, it was a fitting name. The place was impressive, showy, gaudy, and gleaming, a medieval Vegas of sorts. The interiors of the buildings all had prohibitions against photography- I was disappointed that I couldn't get pictures of the large Buddha statues. All around, though, an awesome time. The conifers reminded me of home.

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Kristin said...

Cool. Awesome photos Joe!

Eric said...

Hey, they do the blind-deaf-dumb thing as well. Cool.