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Silent serenity speaks volumes with its overwhelming beauty.

Japan is known for having some of the best snow in the world, and when you see it falling on centuries-old temples and shrines, the beauty can be so otherworldly you might be tempted to pinch yourself to make sure you haven’t entered a fantasy dreamland.

It’s an experience that can be hard to catch on camera, but talented photographer and Twitter user @zookomi0124 was able to do just that recently. Their photo — taken at Entsuin, a Buddhist temple located in Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture — evokes a myriad of emotions, perfectly exemplifying the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

▼ You might want to gaze at the scene for a moment to allow it to sink in.

The photo does an amazing job of drawing the viewer into the scene with its pure simplicity. As our gaze is led towards the temple building, our line of sight is enriched by the whiteness of the snowscape that surrounds it, creating a space that’s both broad yet inviting at the same time.

It’s as if the temple is gazing right back at the viewer, creating a personal connection where nobody else exists. The photo engages so many senses simultaneously — we can hear the silence, feel the chill of the snowflakes on our skin and smell the crisp mountain air. It’s like a purification for the eyes, heart and soul.

▼ The photographer likened the scene to an ink painting.

雪降る円通院がもはや水墨画 pic.twitter.com/KfPT6Lqu9U

— zookomi0124 (@zookomi0124) December 24, 2021

People online were equally swept up in the beauty of the photo, saying:

“It’s like I can only hear the sound of my footsteps.”
“What an incredible scene!”
“Great photo – it …continue reading