Meiji-jingu Shrine through it's Human Elements

by Ram Ya November. 30, 2016 2082 views

We arrived at Tokyo's Narita airport around 7AM in the morning. Since our friend was arriving that afternoon, we decided to explore Tokyo in the morning. The train ride from Narita Airport to Tokyo was about 75 minutes. Our first stop was Meiji-jingu shrine which is only 15 minutes walk from Shibuya station (we later realized that Harajuku station is the closest). 

Meiji-jingu shrine's construction started during the Emperor Meiji's time in 1915 and was completed in 1920. The shrine was destroyed during the World War II but was rebuilt in 1958. Today, the shrine was visited by millions of tourist who visit Tokyo every year. It is the perfect place to get away from the busy city. 

A monk walking past an exhibition room

Sure, there are lots of tourists here but if you observe close enough, you can see a functioning temple underneath of it all. I was really attracted to monks and attendees going about their day to day activities.

A guarding monk watching over a wedding ceremony in a closed off inner garden - Meiji-jingu shrine

A traditional wedding ceremony. The couple is lead to the inner gardens of the temple.

We were lucky to witness two traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies during our short visit to the temple. These ceremonies happened in the afternoon just when the golden light was reaching the temple. I am happy I got the chance to capture human elements at this shrine. They are for sure my favorite shots from this photo walk. As Tiffany mentioned in this week's theme post, the human element can certainly make an interesting photo. It is probably one of the strongest storytelling tools. 

Another traditional Japanese wedding. The couple is lead by the monks and the bride's mother

Monks taking over the proceedings

A women weaving inside a traditional japanese room - Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

There are a lot of beautiful girls with Kimonos (traditional Japanese dress) everywhere in this temple. This little girl caught my eye because she was spinning everywhere and showing off her new dress.

A little girl showing off her Kimono after the ceremony

Thanks for reading this post. If you enjoyed it, please leave a comment below. You should check out the weekly theme "Captivating Compositions With The Human Element" to see how you can submit an entry. It certainly is one of the best storytelling tools available. I hope to be practicing this theme more in my photography because most of these ended up as my favorites from the Japan trip.

p.s. You can also check what others have submitted here.

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Sirena Lu 2 years, 6 months ago

#3 I love how the sunshine were on the faces of the girls making them outstanding in the photo! #5 Too, I love that light ring effect around the left figure :)

Thanks for sharing these inspiring photos!

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Ram Ya Replied to Sirena Lu 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks, Sirena. With golden hour light and the traditional wedding happening, I was acting like a kid in the candy store. I couldn't stop shooting :)

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Amy Daniels 2 years, 9 months ago

Each one wonderful

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Ram Ya Replied to Amy Daniels 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, Amy!

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Arun Tp 2 years, 9 months ago

Excellent work. good photographs

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Ram Ya Replied to Arun Tp 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, Arun

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Yokai - 2 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic images, Ram!
I especially like the contrast between red wagasa (umbrella) and dark background.
You successfully captured facial expressions of the people.

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Ram Ya Replied to Yokai - 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks a lot, Yokai! I like the contrast created by sunlight illuminating this umbrella.
Thanks for teaching me one more Japanese word, wagasa!

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Aniket Pant 2 years, 9 months ago

Lovely pictures! Love the lighting on the umbrella!!

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Ram Ya Replied to Aniket Pant 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you, Aniket!

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

Brilliant series! The descriptions add so much to the appreciation of your experience.....
The light in 3, 4 & 5 highlights the subjects so effectively!
Bravo!

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Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks a lot, Jay! Yes, I was really lucky to experience this traditional wedding during the golden hour.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 9 months ago

Lucky us for your generosity!

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Tiffany Mueller 2 years, 9 months ago

#1 I think your use of motion blur here is excellent! It is not easy to pull off, but when it's done right, it takes a photo to the next level. You've done that here--congrats!

#2 the composition and framing here is outstanding. Typically, I would suggest for there to be more space in the frame in the direction the subject is looking towards, but you have proved this to be incorrect and I'm so happy you did! The wall in front of the subjects face and his gaze add a level of mystery to the image that immediately grabbed my attention and had me wanting to know more. Brilliant. Hands down my favorite shot of this exceptional collection. I would love to have a print of this.

#3 this one makes me want to do another color red weekly theme! Also, the light. Wow, it's gorgeous. I like how it falls perfectly onto the most important people in the image and keeps the focus on them. Good job being able to recognize that in the moment and capture it.

Thanks for sharing these inspiring photos, Ram! I will definitely be heading back to Meiji!

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Ram Ya Replied to Tiffany Mueller 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for the thoughtful comment, Tiffany. It means a lot.
I am glad you liked #2, I was really struggling to take a shot inside the inner gardens of the temple. I think it was closed off to visitors due to the ongoing ceremony.

In #3, I was really lucky to experience the wedding during golden hour. Have you ad a chance to visit Meiji shrine again?

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

love the narrative of this post and to know a little bit more about a strange culture to us. Thanks Ram

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks a lot, Antonio. My post is successful if you have enjoyed and gotten to know a bit more about the Japanese culture!

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