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Kyoto, Japan

下鴨神社 (京都府京都市左京区下鴨泉川町59)

The formal name for this shrine is “Komomioya-Jinja / 賀茂御祖神社” It is a Shinto shrine, and it was built for the creator/guardian deity, Kamotaketsunomi-no-mikoto / 賀茂建角身命and his daughter, Tamayorihime-no-mikoto / 玉依媛命. The history of this shrine may go back at least 2000 years. The composition William had chosen here is very bold and dynamic, yet he was also very careful at the same time, so the certain elements are not lost. One can see such care in the slight “space (gap)” he had created between the corner of the roof of the shrine in the background with the top of the bridge post in the foreground. Neither structures obstruct the outline of the others. By doing so, the narrow yet smooth “pathway” for the viewers’ eyes are secured.