By JJ Walsh
Miyajima has been known as an island of God for 1400 years. And the island itself has been worshiped by people all over Japan: The prominent Buddhist monk, Kukai, stopped by Mt. Misen in Miyajima and lit a sacred fire in 806. Tairano Kiyomori (samurai and political leader; 1118-1181) sponsored the building of the "Shrine on the Sea" perhaps in around 1168. Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), one of Japan's preeminent warrior commanders, ordered the construction of Senjokaku Hall in 1578 for the repose of the war dead.
Itsukushima Shrine, “the Shrine on the Sea” nestled in at the foot of the deep forest of Mt. Misen, was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It now attracts people from all over the world.
The places I introduce in this video (and links) are listed below:
Find out more about Itsukushima Shrine.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。