Purification Fountain at Kaikozan Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura, Japan

Ladle at a Purification Fountain at Kaikozan Hase-dera Temple, Kamakura, Honshu, Japan

Hase-dera (known more formally as Kaikozan Jishoin Hase-dera) is one of the great Buddhist temples in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, famous for housing a massive wooden statue of Kannon. The temple is the fourth of the 33 stations of the Bando Sanjusankasho pilgrimage circuit dedicated to the goddess Benzaiten. The temple originally belonged to the Tendai sect of Buddhism, but eventually became an independent temple of the Jodo shu sect.

I shot this image on a very rainy day. The light was soft and everything was clean and shiny after a rain. All greenery had very intense color. Perfect day for shooting gardens.

There is something magic in all these stone basins, bamboo tubes and ladles hidden in small garden alleys. Especially on such calm and soft days.

PS. If you want to know what this purification fountain is for then read my post about using water purification fountains.

See a little gallery of all the images shot here: Gallery of Hase-dera Temple at Kamakura ImagesJapan Stock Photography.

Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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