Category Archives: Miyajima the holy island

divine and human

It is ebb tide now and water recedes more than usual today.  The line of pegs shows the border of sacred area.  Inside this sacred area many deeds are forbidden.  Killing lives is one of them.  As you can tell … Continue reading

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Tondo (holly fire event)

Tondo, the holy fire event, is taken place all over Japan this Saturday or Sunday.   Tondo of Miyajima is held this afternoon.  It is no good to throw away Shinto goods, such as amulets,  new year decoration and so on.  … Continue reading

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West Corridor

Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage Site) is a complex of shrines, stages, corridors and other buildings.  West Corridor in this picture is one of them and is designated as a national treasure of Japan.  Wooden deck boards are horizontal and … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

  Many people come to Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage Site) to make their first visit of the year.  The first visit is such special to make one’s prayer for his health and wealth for this year.  Then many of … Continue reading

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ferry

JR ferry packed with tourists approaching Miyajima Ferry terminal is seen from the deck of Kurayado Iroha,.  It is Dec.24th.  People are celebrating X’mas all over Japan but it is quite difficult to find X’mas decorations on Miyajima of Shinto … Continue reading

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Floating?

Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage Site) is often described as floating Shrine.  Of course it does not float on the water but stands in shallows.  When the water is really high, Shrine seems to be floating.   Miyajima hotel Kurayado … Continue reading

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Extremely high

It is full tide.  On top of that typhoon’s low pressure system pulls up the water somehow and causes this extremely high water level.  As you see in this picture, the lower beam of O-Torii is almost tapped by water. … Continue reading

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Stone Torii Gate

When you attend Itsukushima Shrine from ferry terminal, you should pass under this stone Torii Gate.  This gate stands on the border of sacred sanctuary.  You will enter the sacred area after passing this gate.   Miyajima hotel Kurayado Iroha, … Continue reading

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From Nishi Matsubara (from west pine field)

In the west of Itsukushima Shrine (World Cultural Heritage Site), there is a cozy passage which is called “Nishi Matsubara” (literary meaning is west pine field).  This picture is from Nishi Matsubara.  We can see Five Storied Pagoda and Senjokaku … Continue reading

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Right under

Looking up right under Floating Torii Gate.  You can tell two plates are hanging on the both sides of Gate.  We call those plates “Hengaku” in Japanese.  Letters on these plates are different.  One can be read “Itsukishima-Jinja” and the … Continue reading

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