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10,000 Gates

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VJ Singh
Late evening photo session at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. Its 10,000 torii gates cast criss-crossing shadows into the night.
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This Shinto shrine has a very mystical quality, especially when it’s pitch dark, with no people around. Perfect for long 20-second exposures to capture the light and the shadows. Or “light painting” with a flashlight.
That’s me brandishing a lightsaber and painting with it Now imagine this as a Star Wars location for a fight scene.
In between sets of Torii Gates, there are family shrines which are even more special, complete with miniature Torii, candlesticks and kitsune.
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Snow is falling, it’s ethereal, and the shrine’s spirits are no doubt watching.