Thursday, 7 November 2013

Japanese Woodblock Printing

Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine is one of my favourite spots to visit in Kyoto. Inari is the god of rice but the temple is frequented by merchants and businesses who erect torii gates dedicated to prosperity.  The shrine has thousands of torii gates stretching along 14km of walking trails round the mountain.  You can also see many statues of foxes in the complex. Foxes are regarded as being messengers - some statues even carry the key to the granary in their mouths.
For a different 'look' in these pictures, I processed the RAW files first, then added a Japanese woodblock effect using a very cool software app called Moku Hanga from Jixi Pix.
(Moku Hanga means woodblock in Japanese)

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