500,000 Facebook Likes - Selfie Competition Voting : Entry Number 19

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It was about 5am when I woke up. Still jet-lagged from the thirteen-hour flight several days earlier, I pulled myself up from the tatami floor of the monastery, grabbed my camera, and went for a walk. As anyone who’s been to Japan will tell you, tourism is a big deal; with floods of visitors constantly laying siege to the iconic tourist sites. Mount Koya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is no different, but at 5am, before the coaches arrive, there’s a magnificent calm. The loudest thing I heard on my walk was the mirror of a Nikon D700 moving up, then down again, as I took a photo of myself and my only company: my shadow. Many thanks to all those who took the time to vote for me, I’m humbled.