By JJ Walsh
Miyajima is also called Itsukushima Island. The name means "Place where God came down." Because of this, the people strongly believed in the holiness of this island. Around 850 years ago, Tairano Kiyomori (samurai and political leader; 1118-1181), sponsored the building of this "Shrine on the Sea". The original building that he had built was completed in around 1168.
The fine view of Itsukushima Shrine changes minute by minute, as the sunshine, wind, and the ebb and flow of the tide changes. At high tide, the reflection of the vermilion building flickers on the surface of the sea. While at low tide, a large sandy beach appears. The original formal procedure to worship here at Itsukushima Shrine was to enter the shrine through the big famous red torii gate on a special boat.
Find out more about Itsukushima Shrine.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。