Why surprising? Because in Japan even when people see you taking their photo, there is usually very little reaction, unlike this man purifying himself at the purification trough before entering the Fushimi-Inari shrine. In fact, most young people seem glad you are taking their photo.
Fushimi-Inari gallery: http://dickh.zenfolio.com/p172999012P
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