The spacious precincts of Higashi Honganji Temple were deserted. Normally, the temple would be visited by many tourists besides the faithful, but I guess the new coronavirus is keeping people away. This photo was taken in February 2020, before the state of emergency was declared in Japan. Even so, there were already visibly fewer people living in Japan and visiting Kyoto from outside the country. Not only Higashi Honganji Temple, but the entire city of Kyoto seems to be empty after the drastic decrease in tourists. Considering that Kyoto is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, the tourism industry in this country as a whole must have been hit hard by this situation.
The Goeido, completed in 1895, is said to be so huge that it surpasses the Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji Temple in terms of building area alone. There is no one to compare the size of the building with, so if you only look at the building itself, you might misjudge its size. As if to make me feel better, there was a tourist sitting in front of the large Goeido so that I could compare the size. Compared to the Goeido, people were very small.
April 6, 2021
Higashi Honganji, Kyoto
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF