JAPAN VISIT 2013 (See also previous and future blogposts)
On the magical island of Itsukushima (厳島) in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay, lies Miyajima (宮島), the Shrine Island.
Sourced from Wikipedia:
“The island is one of Hayashi Razan’s Three Views of Japan. Itsukushima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to records, the shrine was established in the time of Empress Suiko. The warrior-courtier Taira no Kiyomori gave the shrine its present form. In 1555, Mōri Motonari defeated Sue Harukata at the Battle of Miyajima. Toyotomi Hideyoshi built a large building, the Senjō-kaku, on a hill above the shrine.
This sea is affected by strong tides. At low tide, the bottom of the sea is exposed past the island’s torii. At high tide, the sea covers all the previously exposed mud and fills areas underneath the shrine.
Itsukushima is mountainous and sparsely settled. It is rural and mountainous, with a population of only about 2000 in small towns with simple houses and privately owned shops. The islanders work hard to preserve the forests and respect nature.”
An afternoon is not enough. Next time I’d love to stay a couple days on this remarkable island. Lots could be said about each image, the historical and spiritual significance of each temple, but I prefer to spent my time exploring more, rather than writing what can be found elsewhere already anyhow. Perhaps you can get a bit of a sense from these photos.
Couple photos from my visit to Miyajima:
Time for a break. I had some very delicious hot chestnuts:
Lots of nice shops with artwork, textiles, wood carvings, etc. as well:
Perfect season to be in Japan! Some photos from my walk through the nearby park:
A truly amazing magical place. Highly recommend it!!!