The Great Torii of Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社 大鳥居)
For the longest time now, the iconic image of the great Torii has been lingering on mind. Miyajima has always been on my list of places to visit, I’ve read stories of how different it used to be 10 years ago where there were less tourism in the area, more deers (You used to be able to feed the deers, but not anymore), and the grounds were very quiet and felt much more peaceful.
The Torii is unique, high and mighty as it would appear to be floating on the waters during high tides, thus it is also know as the ‘Floating Torii’ giving Miyajima its fame as a-must-visit destination. Especially after it became one of the most popular UNESCO world heritage places in the world, attracting visitors from all around the globe.
The day was hot, with blue skies, I didn’t wear my contact lenses on this day and for some reason as soon as I came closer to the bay, my eyes wouldn’t stop tearing up as it became very sensitive and sore. Maybe it was a sand in the wind?
Going up close to the Torii gate, I saw many old coins and shells stuck to its washed-out red wooden cracks. It was a very interesting experience to be able to go up close and feel the long years that’s been watching over the island. In the future I would love to come back, probably stay longer and wait for the quiet-hours where there’s less people around.