© Maria Korchagin 2007.

- Itsukushima. -

Of my 9 month trip to Japan, my two favorite days were the day we all dressed up in kimonos and the day we all went to the island of Itsukushima, off the coast of Hiroshima. This is the famous torii of the Itsukushima shrine. The shrine itself stands in the water, like the torii, like a dock, and like Venice.

The most beautiful view of this shrine is when the first rays of sunrise hit the bright red torii from over the water -- a sight that, unfortunately, no gargoyle will ever see.
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