Floating Torii Gate … Myajima Island, Japan


During our trip to Japan in September 2010 we visited Myajima Island, home to the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine and its Floating Torii Gate. The Shrine is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I really had no idea what to expect. We’d researched it; looked at photos, but the scale of it was really beyond comprehension until we actually stood at its enormous feet.

At low tide you can walk right out to it and tuck a coin into a crack in its legs and make a wish. Because it was mid-afernoon when we arrived and the tide was already advancing we couldn’t get that close. By sunset the 16m gate was up to its camphor wood knees in water. This is when it became “floating.”

This particular gate has been in place since 1875, but there has been one of some description here since 1168. To me, again, the enormity of it is another invitation to look up and be marvelled.

I’m so glad we were able to see nature frame the torii gate in its floating splendour. It was another amazing moment in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Copyright Aimwell Enterprises 2012

One thought on “Floating Torii Gate … Myajima Island, Japan

  1. Nature is the most amazing thing, and in my eyes is trumped only when man somehow finds a way to interact with it, without having to dominate it. This is a case in point.

    Here, man has created something that works with and is dependent on nature. And it works extremely well.

    The fact that you were there to capture it is a happy accident of time and space of which we are all the benficiaries.

    Bravo.

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