Category Archives: Miyajima

Belfry at the Daisho-in Temple, Miyajima, Japan. The bell was rung to tell the time in the morning, afternoon and evening in the past. Now it is rung to start the time for worship. Daisho-in Temple is an ancient one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism built at the foot of the sacred […]

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Itsukushima Shrine (Japanese: Itsukushima Jinja) is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as “Miyajima”, which means “shrine-island” in Japanese) in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. This Shinto shrine is known worldwide for its “floating torii gate“.

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Deer is a symbol of Miyajima and you can see them elegantly wondering around the island everywhere. It is believed that there lived deer around 6000 years ago when the Miyajima Island was formed. Deer is believed to be a messenger of the gods in Shinto (Japanese native religion). Therefore, they are treated very well […]

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Built in 1523 by the priest Shukan, Tahoto is a pagoda with a height of 15.6 meters. Although constructed mainly in Japanese style, parts of the structure have Indian and Chinese architectural features. It presents the unique combination of a square shape on the lower level and a round shape on the upper level. More […]

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Another photo of the the floating O-Torii (Grand Gate) of Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社). Miyajima is well-known as a sacred island wherein people and gods dwell together harmoniously. Since ancient times, the people living there worshipped the island itself as a god. Like any old folk tale, this belief was passed down from generation to generation […]

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