Archive for the 'Miyajima' Category

Pictures from our September 2007 trip to Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima

Random Pictures from Around Japan

Today's post is an essentially-random collection of pictures.

A view of Mt. Fuji, taken with my point-n-shoot from the window of a shinkansen (bullet train) traveling at about 250kph. This was from a trip about a year ago to Tokyo to see Kousuke Atari in concert.

A point of trivia: I believe the river you can see in the background is an electrical dividing line: household current to the east of the river (Tokyo, Nagano, Sapporo...) is 50Hz, while that to the west (Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Amami....) is 60Hz. The difference matters less with modern equipment, but old clocks [...]

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The Beauty of a Weathered Shrine Roof

I've mentioned recently how much I love the natural roofs of many temples and shrines, having noted it in recent posts about the Fushimi Inari Shrine and about the Kiyomizu Temple. The roof above, like the roofs cited in those posts, are made of many layers of thin sheets of what I assume is wood. Such a roof, over time, slowly breaks down and returns to nature.

Here's a relatively new one, as evidenced by the sharp shadows showing that the individual sheets of wood are still easily distinguishable as, well, individual sheets of wood....

It's not so new that [...]

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Itsukushima Shrine at Low Tide

In my previous post on our trip to Miyajima near Hiroshima, Japan, I showed the main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島) at low tide. This time I have a few pictures of the shrine itself at low tide.

The shrine is mostly over piers above water (high tide) or mud (low tide), and I should start of by noting that it's much more picturesque when over water (as in the shot at the start of my first post from the trip). To me, today's pictures are more "interesting" than "pretty," and are probably neither to anyone else, but it's [...]

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Miyajima at Low Tide

As I earlier posted from our trip to Miyajima an island near Hiroshima, Japan, one of the main photographic attractions is the large main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島). It's off the coast in the intertidal zone, so when the tide is in, it's in the water and really pretty. There's a nice daytime shot of it at high tide at the end of this post, and on another post, some night shots.

Perhaps it's just the geek in me, but I think there's a certain interest to it even at low tide. I like to see how things [...]

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Five-Storied Pagoda on Miyajima

One of the landmarks on Miyajima, Japan, besides the main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島), is a five-story tall pagoda called, unimaginatively enough, "five-storied Pagoda" (In Japanese: 五重塔, gojyuunodou).

There are a number of large pagodas on the island, but this particular one is centrally located on relatively high ground, so it gets all the glory. You could see it in the background of the "Side View" photo on a recent post.

We didn't actually pay it a visit, but passed by enough that I ended up with plenty of pictures with it. Here it's sort of peeking out [...]

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