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Finding shelter at Toyokuni Shrine

Toyokuni Shrine was built in 1599 to commemorate Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a prominent historical figure in Japan. After his death, he was enshrined here and became a God and the object of worship. It was closed and forbidden to enter for 269 years throughout the Edo Period, but was re-opened by the Meiji Emperor in 1868 when Tokugawa lost its power.

A woman in Kyoto with umbrella in a storm.
FUJIFILM X-Pro1 1/180 second F/1.4 ISO 200 84 mm (35mm equiv.)

I was very thankful for this when the heavens opened this afternoon. I sheltered here for 20 minutes and captured this shot as I waited for the squall to pass over. Always carry a camera with you if you can, even on work days, just in case you see something special.

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