I strolled the island at night. Warm during the day, it started to cool down after the sun set. There was a mysterious feel to everything in the dark that was also lonely and beautiful. The famous torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine stood by itself, reflecting off the shimmering water. Daisho-in Temple was shone high up on the hill. Lanterns along the shore cast off eerie light. And the number of people out taking photos quickly diminished. Suddenly, I was alone with a gorgeous view all to myself of one of the most iconic scenes anywhere in Japan.
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