Autumn in Japan: Cleansing the Soul

Jen Waltmon

Sydney, Australia

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One of many from my “Autumn in Japan” series.

I’ve wanted to visit Asia since I was a teenager, and in October of 2010, my wish finally came true. I spent about 10 days in Japan.

My fascination with Asian culture and traditions finally became a reality to me, and the photographer in me went into overdrive. In 10 days, I captured 2,500+ pictures. I hope you enjoy my first (but hopefully not my last) perspective of this beautiful & amazing country.

The instructions for a cleansing ritual were found at the Suitengu (Shinto) Shrine in Nihonbashi-Kakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

The Suitengu Shrine is famous for being where expectant mothers go to pray for the safe delivery of their child.

The act of cleansing goes something like this: perform Temizu; wash your left hand first, then your right, then rinse your mouth, (do not spit back into the water supply or drink), and sometimes your feet as well if needed. Tip the ladle backwards to wash the ladle handle with the remaining water and place opening down on the rack where you found it.

Captured with a Nikon D90 in October 2010.

Post-processing done in PSE 8 and texture added from Altered Bits.

Featured in the “Capital Cities of the World” Group, April 2011.

© jdub photography 2010

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