Autumn in Japan: Praying in Silence

Jen Waltmon

Sydney, Australia

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The 12th image 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.

When I visited this Shinto shrine called the Suitengu Shrine in Nihonbashi-Kakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, it was quite empty. So, this woman had the perfect opportunity to pray in silence. This shrine is famous for being where expectant mothers go to pray for the safe delivery of their child.

The bells seen here are antique Japanese Shinto shrine bells, called “Suzu” in Japanese. They are used by shrine visitors as a means of announcing their presence to the resident deity. Shinto is the native religion of Japan, and there are shrines (jinja) to many thousands of Gods throughout the country. Bells and rattles of different sorts are commonly found at the entrance to the shrine’s outer sanctuary where worshiping is performed. (

Captured with a Nikon D90 in October 2010.

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