Written by SoudipAugust 23rd 2014
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Itsukushima Shrine Historical Facts and Pictures
Located in Miyajima, the Itsukushima Shrine is site of religious sanctity in Japan. The shrine was devoted to the 3 daughters of the Shinto God of seas and storms, Susano-o-no-Mikoto, and the brother of Amaterasu, the sun goddess.
The shrine, originally dated back to 6th century, had been destroyed many times throughout the history, and the present structure of the complex follows the 1168 construction of the warlord Taira-no-Kiyomori.
Architecture and Design
Floating in the sea, the structure of the shrine skillfully incorporates the Shinden mode of Japanese architecture. The greenish blue lacquered diamond shaped, folding lattice doors convey a sense of grace and elegance. The shrine complex consists 37 and 19 buildings from inside and outside, respectively.
The most significant feature of the shrine is its solitary vermillion colored Torii, floating in the sea at high tide, against the backdrop of green mountains. Regarded by many as a symbol of Japanese culture and identity, reflects the Ryobu Shintostyle, with the placement of additional legs in front and behind of each pillars. This 16-meter high gate, entirely built with camphor-wood is also a manifestation of some old Buddhist belief.
During the night, the torii is illuminated with powerful lights, embodies an enchanting sight of pure harmony and exquisite display of human craftsmanship.