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.”
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.
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