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Motoko Birkenheierさんのログブック(旅行記)「Miyajima Japan / The Island of Gods」

Miyajima Japan / The Island of Gods

2013-09-07 - 2013-09-0714 Episodes
Motoko Birkenheier
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Motoko Birkenheier
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The first time my husband visited Miyajima. I've been there twice.
I visited here when I was 18 years old but the vermillion lacquered shrine doesn't change, it's located at beautiful Itsukushima, fits well with the Prussian blue sea, and the green of the virgin forest, recreating the elegance of the Heian era.
Really amazing place!!

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Day 12013/09/07

宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

宮島 / Miyajima  (厳島)(広島県, 日本)|Miyajima Japan / The Island of Gods(Motoko Birkenheierさん)

It takes about 10 minutes by ferry to travel from Miyajimaguchi pier to the world cultural heritage site of Miyajima.
Two ferry companies operate between Miyajimaguchi and Miyajima island, the JR ferry and the Miyajima Matsudai Kisen.
You can see the great red torri what float on the surface of sea in the distance.
We'll be at Miyajima (Itukushima) soon.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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A wild deer is waiting to open the restaurant.
I guess the deer is a loyal customer of this restaurant. Hahaha...

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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What is the torri gate??
The torri is the gateway to shinto shrines.
Regarded as ritual purification, through it is found the sacred area of the gods.
Most torri gates are red, but some can be seen in other colors such as white or black.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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When tourists take a souvenir shot, wild deer come closer and beg for food.
'Give me food, give me food!!".
But even though they beg everyone loves the wild deer.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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Corridor Lanterns.
Main shrine is visible in the background.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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The East Corridor extends from the entrance of Itsukushima Shrine, past the marodo Shrine and Asazaya (Morning Service Hall), to the purification hall of the Main Shrine.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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East and West Corridor.
Slight spaces between the floorboards of the corridor have been created to alleviate the buoyancy of high tide and to drain rain water blown onto the corridor.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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We couldn't walk to the beautiful great Torri this time but, you can walk to the amazing great Torii during low tide from Hitasaki and you can walk to the foot of the great Torii.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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Yes!! It's like a Mont Saint-Michel in France.
Because it has some things in common with the great Torrii.
1. They are registered as world heritage sites and are floating on the sea.
2. They have a over 1000-year history and are considered sacred religious sites.
3. They are tourist spots and represent each country.
Got it!!
That's why I think the floating Torii is similar to Mont Saint-Michel in some ways.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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About the Omikuji.
Omikuji is a piece of paper which can be purchased in most Shinto shrines during the New Year.
You pick it up at random and your fortune for the next year is on the paper.
There are many different explainations for this custom but this is the most likely-
If the paper says you'll have excellent luck this year, you keep it with you all year.
However, if it says bad luck might strike you this year, you can fasten it up to a tree or a rope in the shrine and you can escape from the bad luck.
These are bad fortune Omikuji that are fastened by rope to in the shrine.
This custom stems from both religious belief and traditional behavior.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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It looks different with the changing tide.
When we are back in Japan, I'd like to go back again at low tide and walk there.

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宮島 / Miyajima (厳島) Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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Toyokuni Shrine (Senjokaku).
Hall of one thousand tatami mats.
This was built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi (one of the three unifiers of Japan in the 16th century), but has never been completed up to the present.
The construction of the hall was discontinued after 11 years when Hideyoshi passed away, and it still remains unfinished today.

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