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Shooting Confucius in Tokyo

Ochanomizu has quite a few things to see near the station, like Guitar Street and Liberty Tower at Meiji University.  It also has a Confucian temple, Yushima Seido, and just a few meters away from it is one of the world’s largest bronze statues of the great teacher and philosopher.  The sculpture is very cool and makes for some great photographs.

The statue of Confucius just near Yushima Seido

Taipei Lions Club donated it in 1975 and at 4.57 meters in height and 1.5 tons in weight, it is very large.  If you are into temples and shrines it is definitely worth some pictures. There is so much detail in the design - the lines in his forehead, the individual hairs in his beard, the embroidery in his robes and even his bushy eyebrows.

There is so much detail in the statue of Confucius

To shoot it, wide-angle or zoomed in, it is all good.  However, I would definitely recommend doing it in the afternoon, as in the morning, the sun will be behind its back casting it in shadow.  The statue used to be completely surrounded by trees, so the area was quite dark, however that has changed. When I shot the pictures for this article (on October 3, 2018) some of the trees had, very unceremoniously, had many of their branches lopped off.

A wider shot of the statue

As the temple is in quite a busy area, it draws quite a few visitors so they also drop in to see the statue.  Just my experience, it seems that quite a few of them are Taiwanese, which seems quite natural as the Lions Club of Taipei donated it.

The good thing about the statue is that the temple is only a few meters away, Kanda Myojin is close as the Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Liberty Tower at Meiji University and Guitar street aren’t very far away.  Akihabara is very close and if you are feeling energetic you could even walk to Ueno. The statue of Confucius at Yushima Seido provides you with some great opportunities.

Gear for this article:

Camera - Fujifilm X-T2

Lens - Fujifilm XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens