Seikenji Temple and Kakegawa Castle in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

First, I am proud to announce that one of my images I entered for a monthly photo contest won!

This was the picture…


I am even more proud because this is the very first time I entered a photo to a contest. Soon, I’ll be entering another one. Hopefully I win and get one of my pictures be seen on a magazine.

So now that I start boasting about winning a photography contest, I think I have enough “say” about photography…

I would beg to differ that, in photography…


…. the whole is not always greater than (the sum of) its parts.


Don’t you agree?


When I went on a day tour to Shizouka Prefecture, I found myself wading in closer to my subjects than shooting wide.

That’s the thing with Japan, the more you go to temples and castles, the more it starts becoming the same and the more you start experimenting with taking pictures of it.



In Seikenji Temple, one distinction is that I get to see here 500 disciples of Buddha.


500 is not that many so I started counting them. I stopped atΒ  51 because I got bored, and I lost count. πŸ˜€

We also went to Kakegawa Castle…



… where we had a ninja for a tour guide.




Of course, I won’t tease you with only the parts and not give away the farm. πŸ™‚


Such a beautiful castle!


Here are some more … “sum” …





We also went to a tea plantation. Shizouka Prefecture is the largest producer of green tea in Japan.


I got me a green tea-flavored ice cream. And …


… it was tea-licious! πŸ˜€

Take it from a photo contest winner πŸ˜€ … In photography, you don’t always have to always look at the big picture.

Last Call…


Then again, I would also argue that “The journey of a thousand miles starts with a letter J.” πŸ˜€

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  1. Oh Rommel what a great post. Firstly many congrats on winning the photo competition – soon you will be so famous we will all be wanting your autograph! πŸ™‚ I loved the pics in this post but three especially jumped out: the 500 Buddhas – wonderful, I’d love to see them for real, that ever so cool ninja – great shot, and the green tea ice-cream – interesting!! I recently discovered rose petal ice cream here so must try it!

    • Excuse me, Jude. I am already famous before I even won the competition. Ahihihi πŸ˜€ Rose petal ice cream, I wouldn’t believe such a thing, but because it’s coming from you I guess I have to. πŸ˜‰

      • Hey Oh famous one! We also have violet ice cream as well, and absolutely no kidding we recently came across foie gras!! I didn’t attempt it! 😨

  2. Your vision deserves praise. Luckily you had a handy tool to capture it. Congratulations! Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing your experience with us all πŸ™‚

  3. Well done for winning the competition, you should enter as many as you can because your photos are fab. I also like closing in on detail in photos, and the practise helps us find images of a different kind πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations, Rommel! I’ve won a total of $1,250 in few local photography competitions, so go ahead and enter more. I know that you’ll clean up, and get some much deserved recognition for your beautiful work.

    Cool ninja shot, although I wish he wore a true shozoku instead of cosplay garb.

    • Whoa! I only got $25. πŸ˜€ The satisfaction and thrill and more than the monetary value. I know you already know that. Appreciate the praise coming from an expert photographer that you are.

  5. First: congratulations on your winning photo! Second: green tea ice cream… the best! Third: my favorite of so many great shots… the slippers/shoes alongside an entryway (?). Good to see and appreciate your ‘experimenting.’

    • Yes, it is an entryway. I thought that scene is too ordinary that I almost didn’t include that image on this post. Glad it got a notice.

  6. Lovely lovely! Congrats on the winning photo.
    Now I must agree about visiting Japan and its temples and castles. I’m quite a fan of it, and even then, it starts to get similar – which is not at all a bad thing if everyone can take photos like you do! Splendid selection here, I’m now starting to plan my next trip to Japan – you got me at the temples and the green tea ice cream!

    • Thanks for the validation. I bet other people feel the same way, but they’re just not saying it. πŸ˜€ I am having a lovely time here in Japan. Sure you’ll be the same.

  7. Hey, congratulations! That’s a very beautiful photo, indeed, that won. But, then, I really, really enjoy all of these. I love the way you picked sections and focused on that. These were fascinating and amazing! Keep it up! πŸ˜€

  8. Congratulations and good luck on the next one!! That ice cream absolutely looks “tea-licious”! πŸ˜€ That’s so cool to have a ninja tour guide. You should’ve asked if he’s legit! Hahahaha! Regardless, it’s still pretty cool and only in Japan! πŸ˜€ And yes, with photography the details create the big picture. It’s those details that tells the story. πŸ™‚

  9. I’ve also written about Seikenji! The photographs are bigger on this one:

    Have you been to Nihonji, outside of the Tokyo area outskirts? (Nokogiri). It was my first encounter with the 500 Arhats or bosatsu, and they were amazing. There’s also a Kannon carved into the rock, much like the Buddhist reliefs that were blasted by the taliban, but not that old, and a great hike. This is from another blog of mine – scroll way down for pics of the bosatsu (a few).

    Takashi Murakami featured the arhats in an exhibition that was held at Mori Gallery earlier this year. Beautiful photos!

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