Photographer's Note

At Nikko's shrine complex for Ieyasu Tokugawa, the Shogun who united the whole of Japan, one sees hundreds upon hundreds of visitors (or pilgrims?), school children, the elderly, foreign devils and on this occasion these seasoned ladies all in leather.

I include two bits of information- the first about Ieyasu and his shrine, the second about Kushitani motorcycle apparel.

1)Ieyasu Tokugawa was born in the warring states period. He survived the chaos, and unified entire the country. Ieyasu was assigned as Seii-taishogun (Great generalissimo) in 1603 and opened the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo (Tokyo). He watched the whole nation even after he retired. Ieyasu left last instruction, which was about after the death.
"Enshrine my dead body in Mt. Kuno (His hometown in Shizuoka prefecture) for the first year of the death. (Omission) And built a small shrine in Nikko and enshrine me as the God. I will be the guardian of Japan."
Ieyasu was dead on April 17th, 1616, when he was 75 years old. Shrine was built in Nikko and divine designation "Tosho-Daigongen" was given by Imperial court. He was enshrined in accordance with his last will.
Ieyasu aimed to be the guardian of Japan. Nikko is located on the north of Edo. The north was considered as the taboo direction, where demons come into. Therefore, he wanted to place himself in the taboo direction in order to protect Japan from the evil things. He hoped long life of Tokugawa government and the eternal peace.
Although, Ieyasu wanted "A small shrine," the third successive shogun Iemitsu reformed the shrine into today's gorgeous building. Most of existing buildings were built in the period of big reforming. According to income-and-outgo report, it cost 40,000,000,000 yen for today' currency. 140,000 wooden materials were consumed. It took total number of 4,540,000 people 1 year and 5 months to complete construction. Also, 35 buildings were reformed in that period. That big reforming ended in 1636.
According to a construction note, 13% of total cost was spent for the stonework.


2)Kushitani was a small leather apparel business, until opportunity knocked in 1953. Due to Kushitani's reputation for high quality leather products, some of the main motorcycle manufacturers asked for protective leather suits for their test riders. The suits had to be strong and light, made of soft and yet extremely supple leather, featuring latest technology protection, as well as Kushitani's excellent top of the line craftsmanship.

In workshop you can see another shot of these three toughies whose gait, let me add, reminded me of John Wayne's.

What I find difficult to fathom is that even with an ISO of 250, I had the exposure time of 1/40 in broad daylight! Maybe I should remove permanently the CPL.

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Additional Photos by Klaudio Branko Dadich (daddo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3578 W: 114 N: 6362] (28728)
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