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I have already posted a lengthy profile about the Ieyasu Tokugawa's Shrine as obtained from the Nikko tourist site. Let me just add that the shrine area is enormous, multi-terraced, walled, parts of it going steeply uphill where visitors have to negotiate countless steps. Beautiful gates adorn many compounds of royal stables, guardhouses, warehouses and God knows what else (difficult to take it all in when my friend Yoshi kept us on the move). Stone lanterns of various sizes are to be seen in their hundreds. And everywhere Time has left its imprint on the stone with its messengers-lichen and moss.
What I found most admirable about the Japanese is their meticulous and devoted attention to renovation. The shrine itself was being lovingly renovated and was of course sealed from the public and the weather in enormous plastic sheets.
Everywhere I went in Japan I could hear men at work as some shrine or temple was going through its four, five or ten yearly face lift.It must all cost a fortune as specialist people are employed to carve, gild, paint, lacquer,thatch...

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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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