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APRIL 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LOCAL LENS

BY ÁSGEIR SIGFÚSSON

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KYOTO, JAPAN

Please submit your favorite,

recent photograph to

be considered for Local

Lens. Images must be high

resolution (at least 300 dpi

at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger)

and must not be in print

elsewhere. Please include

a short description of the

scene/event, as well as your

name, brief biodata and the

type of camera used,

to

locallens@afsa.org.

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his photo is a bit of a “view askew” of the To-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, one which puts the

temple’s elaborate woodwork into stark relief. The temple is Japan’s tallest wooden tower and

stands 180 feet high. The five-story pagoda dates back to 796, in the early Heian period. It is

listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—one of many such sites in Kyoto.

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Ásgeir Sigfússon, a native of Iceland, is AFSA’s communications director. He took this photo using a Nikon D5200

camera.