Sunset Road On The Sea

Big torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine under setting sun

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

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Beginning in June 2019, the large torii gate of Itsukushima will be covered for renovations until sometime in 2020.

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The mysterious big torri gate and the majestic shrine buildings floating in the sea...that is THE Itsukushima Shrine.

The sublime vermilion shrine was changed into gold during this dramatic sunset. The dazzling sight of it blinded me!

This shrine, which is commonly known as the Island of Gods, exceeded its reputation. When the tide was low, there were many tourists underneath the big torii gate, but as the tide gets higher, families and couples are dipping their bare legs into the water. What a lovely sight!

When I looked again, the big torii gate was already standing in the sea, and beneath it there was a road on the sea in a golden hue. It truly looked like a pathway to the divine shrine! (Photos were taken at the end of July, 2014)

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose