May 1st, 2013

drinking bird

Miyajima revisited

I am just going to post a few pictures of Miyajima, as I was there a few years ago, and already posted a certain number. It was a nice sunny day, but in the afternoon, and a bit hazy. On the way to the torii and the Itsukushima shrine, I saw this boat:

Frankly, I am not sure if they were fishermen. I couldn't tell just what they were doing.

The tide was still fairly high, though ebbing. The shrine is much more attractive when the water is high around the stilts. The design dates back to Taira no Kiyomori in 1168, but the buildings are from the mid 16th century. The large, famous torii, is built of rot resistant camphor wood. The devout were supposed to go through it by boat to approach the shrine.
approach to the shrine
The approach from land.

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A glimpse of the many galleries.
that torii
I guess I couldn't resist one glance at that torii...

Some shinto ceremony was going on while I was there.
There was a fair number of attendees across from this in galleries.

At least two weddings a day are celebrated at the shrine, it is very popular. While I was there, I did see a priest hurrying to get things ready:
Bride, bridegroom and attendants enter:
wedding 1
I saw some priests on the side:
shinto priests
No births or deaths are permitted near the shrine, to preserve its purity. Pregnant women are required to leave at a certain point, as well as the terminally ill or very elderly.
one last view
A last view of the shrine.

I only stayed overnight on Miyajima. The next day, I took the ferry back to Honshu, and then the train to Okayama. I took advantage of my first afternoon there to revisit the wonderful Kôrakuen. However, I had posted many pictures of it a couple of years ago, so I will abstain this time. I used the next couple of the days for day-trips to Tomo no Ura and Kurashiki. so please look forward to that!