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Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/28 11:37
Is it allowed to take photographs of the sliding doors inside Kenninji Temple (with the sumi-e decoration of dragons)? Further, is flash photography allowed? Thanks!
by Maz Farouki (guest)  

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/28 18:06
I can't remember if it's allowed - but I doubt if Flash Photography will be allowed
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/29 00:01
Hi, the dragons are on the ceiling in one of the smaller temple buildings (but they do also have lots of beautiful artwork on sliding doors throughout). I have lots of photos from kenninji (and am definitely one to respect the rules) so it must have been allowed. I imagine that flash photography wasn't though (although I cannot remember for definite). Usually in Japan where photography is not allowed there will be a sign either written in English or a picture with a camera and a line though it so that it is easily understood.
by Kikuya (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/29 07:04
Look for the no photo signs, many temples and shrines have them.
Japan does actually have a piece of legislation that prevents photography of precious and historic artifacts and relics, so it is not simply a request of the temple/shine to be respectful, there is some law backing up the requests and the small no-photo signs you see around the place.
by JapanCustomTours rate this post as useful

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/29 08:38
I also have many photos inside Kenninji, so it must have been allowed at the time - but I don't know if anything has changed. You'll see a "No Photography" sign, or a "No Flash Photography" sign displayed in places where you can't take photos or flash photos, so look out for that.
by jth_travel (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/29 09:00
Just as a footnote - there are a ton of photos shown for Kennin-ji on google maps, both inside and outside. I did not see any no-photo signs in any of them.
by JapanCustomTours rate this post as useful

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/29 10:40
To all who replied, thank you very much! I will watch out for 'No photography' signs. It's the dragons on the sliding doors that I particularly want to photograph, for a book I'm writing.
by Maz Farouki (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/9/29 11:24
When I visited the hall last time - about 8 years ago - to my surprise it was allowed to take photography inside. It was surprising because in 95% of temple halls, photography inside is prohibited.
by Uji rate this post as useful

Re: Photography inside Kenninji Temple 2022/10/1 02:07
Sorry, I got my dragons mixed up! I also have photos of the sliding door dragons so it must have been allowed (at the time at least).
by Kikuya (guest) rate this post as useful

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