Almost a Hanatouro
Today's image looks like it could have been shot in one of the two Hanatouro light up events held in Kyoto, but it wasn't. This image was captured on Syomen Dori near the gate of Nishi-Hongan-ji (a Buddhist Temple near the Kyoto station). Most of the shops in this image are stores selling Buddhist supplies.
If you're unfamiliar with Hanatouro, they are light up events held in Higashiyama during March and in Arashiyama during December. Today's image was captured on October 10 in the Shimogyo ward of Kyoto city, far from either Higashiyama or Arashiyama. However three blocks of Syomen Dori were lined with Hanatouro style, lanterns as were some other streets near Nishi-Hongan-ji. Inside Nishi-Hongan-ji there was a light and sound show similar to the one done at Horin-ji during the Arashiyama Hanatouro, but in my opinion more tastefully done with much gentler music and much less extreme patterns projected on the temple buildings.
I'm not even sure if it is an annual event, but the Nishi-Hongan-ji and neighbourhood light up lasted 10 days this year from October 1st to October 10th. I only found out about it because on the 9th of October I walked passed Nishi-Hongan-ji during the day time and saw a poster advertising it. There were plenty of people at the temple, but most seemed to be locals and not tourists. I'm not sure how widely publicised the event was, as there was no English information or signage at the event. Normally this temple is very good at providing English and other foreign language information about their temple and beliefs.
It got me thinking that if this event was expanded to the other temples, shrines, parks and neighbourhoods around the Kyoto station area, then it could become a third Hanatouro. There are quite a few interesting old neighbourhoods in the Kyoto station area, which would look nice lit up and lined with Hanatouro lanterns. I for one would definitely like a third Hanatouro, especially in October which is usually nice weather for it, as long as we don't get a Typhoon through!
Nishi-Hongan-ji is a about a 15 minute walk to the North West from Kyoto Station.
This image is a HDR image produced from three photos taken at -2EV, 0EV and +2EV with the Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera mounted on a tripod. I first processed the three RAW (.NRW) files in DxO Optics Pro. The only processing done in DxO Optics Pro was the default camera and lens corrections and PRIME noise reduction. From DxO Optics Pro the files were exported as Adobe Digital Negatives (.DNG files) to Aurora HDR 2017 where they were merged into one HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.