The famous torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine (Photo: Larry Knipfing)

Mysterious Miyajima at Night

Seeing the island with fresh eyes - 4

Larry Knipfing   - 1 min read

I strolled the island at night. Warm during the day, it started to cool down after the sun set. There was a mysterious feel to everything in the dark that was also lonely and beautiful. The famous torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine stood by itself, reflecting off the shimmering water. Daisho-in Temple was shone high up on the hill. Lanterns along the shore cast off eerie light. And the number of people out taking photos quickly diminished. Suddenly, I was alone with a gorgeous view all to myself of one of the most iconic scenes anywhere in Japan.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30 years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! My other love is fiction writing and I have pub...