Amazing Kumano Nachi Shrine in Wakayama Prefecture
A very nice recognition of my photo from the Japan Embassy in Wellington...
I joined the annual photo competition and the shot was voted first in the general public category, nice.
In total there were about 120 entries, many also very beautiful pics from all over Japan.
I remember vividly this stunning temple high up in the mountains, walking approx. 1000 steps together with Marika until we reached the top. This was on a holiday during the 2009 Tour.
The waterfall in the background is regarded as the true nature god and cleansing rituals happen there.
Interestingly the competition staff members at first did not believe that it was taken in Japan but in China... after searching the net of course they found the temple pictured.
And yes, the very bright appearance is quite unusual for Japan and more often seen in China.
Hope you like it too...