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Kyoto, Japan

詩仙堂 (京都府京都市左京区一乗寺門口町)

This temple was built by Ishikawa Jozan (石川丈山), a samurai who had served Tokugawa Shogunate, as his hermitage. Its name comes from the fact that there is a room where the portraits of 36 legendary poets of China painted by Kano Tanyu (狩野探幽) are displayed. As Autumn is the time where many leaves show the glory by transforming its colors before falling, this shows the matured soul of William, for this is one of the last images he had captured while courageously battling cancer. In fact, William was quite exhausted during this trip after going through the surgery, but when we came to Shisendo, he was revitalized. It gave William gave strength to keep witnessing and capturing the magnificent passages of life of the nature,, and it gave William the true meaning of his life. It would not be an overstatement to say that all the visible spectrum (visible colors to the naked eyes) are represented in this image.