Desk editor Devol and friends
on two-week visit to Nippon
MY FRIEND Steve Devol, who works on the desk at the Los Angeles Times, is spending a couple of weeks with his wife Susan Wolfe Devol and some friends touring Japan.
He was briefly on Facebook this morning, and told me he was having a great time.
I reminded him of his promise to send me a postcard.
A few minutes later this image arrived in my inbox.
“Greetings from Nippon,” was the subject line.
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This image was taken recently at Fushima Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Photography by: Steve Devol.
The body of the message was exactly what follows: “amazingly clean, polite, efficient people and country. This taken at Fushima Shrine in Kyoto.”
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A giant torii gate in front of the Romon Gate at the shrine’s entrance. Photo: japan-guide.com. Click image to visit web site.
ACCORDING TO Japan-guide.com, Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto Shrine in southern Kyoto.
“It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings,” the guide tells us. “The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters (about 700 feet) and belongs to the shrine grounds.”
In addition, the web site says, Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousand shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
“Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Fushimi Inari Shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move to Kyoto in 794.”
A fascinating place.
TRUST STEVE to pick somewhere this interesting and so photogenic. He is very into imagery.
In case you have forgotten he was featured on this blog May 3 for his brilliant video of the Puget Sound shot from the copilots seat of an experimental plane. Revisit “Happy landings”
Steve and Susan are posting frequently to their Facebook timeline. There is some awesome imagery and commentary there. Friend the Devols and visit their Facebook timeline. If you are already friends, visit them with this link.
Happy landings to you, Steve and Susan.