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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION HERE: http://www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda/japan45-miyajima2 Thank you! Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. It is popularly known as Miyajima, which in Japanese means the Shrine Island. The island of Itsukushima, including the waters around it (part of Seto Inland Sea), are within Setonaikai National Park. This sea is affected by strong tides. At low tide, the bottom of the sea is exposed past the island's torii. At high tide, the sea covers all the previously exposed mud and fills areas underneath the shrine. It is said that Itsukushima Shrine, one of the Three Scenic Views of Japan, was established by Saeki-no-Kuramoto. In the late Heian Period, the current shrine building was constructed in its present form, as a shrine on the sea. The conception of a shrine whose grounds include the sea, with its form ever changing with the ebb and flow of the tides, is like nothing else in the world. In December of the year Heisei 8 (1996), Itsukushima Shrine was registered as a World Heritage Site. Looking out over the Inland Sea before it and crowned to its rear by Mt. Misen, a sacred mountain where the gods are believed to have descended to earth, Itsukushima Shrine strikes a harmony between natural and man-made beauty

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JAPAN Miyajima Short but sweet touching trip 2

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Miyajima Island (official known as Itsukushima Island) floats like a diamond in the Inland Sea of Japan. From the misty beginnings of Japanese history Miyajima has been classified as one of the most scenic places in Japan.

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Itsukushima is an island in the western part of the Inland Sea of Japan, located in the northwest of Hiroshima Bay. It is popularly known as Miyajima, which in Japanese means the Shrine Island. Itsukushima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Itsukushima has a number of temples, including Toyokuni Shrine with five-storied pagoda, and Daiganji Temple - one of three most famous Benzaiten temples of Japan

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Deer are a symbol of Miyajima and you can see them elegantly wondering around the island everywhere. It is believed that the Miyajima deer have lived on the Miyajima Island for 6000 years. Deer are believed to be a messenger of the gods in Shinto (Japanese native religion). Therefore, they are treated very well by the locals and are not scared of people

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Miyajima is famous for the Itsukushima Shrine which is a Shinto shrine. It is known for its "floating" torii gate. The historic shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as one of the National Treasures by the Japanese government.

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Itsukushima torii is also called O-torii which means big gate

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“Samurai” in full costume offered kids a chance to dress up and take photos with them along the Miyajima bay front path

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Miyajima boat of fishermen that will take you on a tour to and around the great torii

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The island is famous for its centuries-old floating torii  gate and, more recently, for its  Yaki-gaki  (grilled oysters).

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Oysters have been cultivated in Hiroshima Bay for over 400 years

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Then native son  Yūji Hayashi  started selling them to tourists. Now  Yaki-gaki  vendors line the main tourist strip in  Miyajima , filling the air with brine-tinged smoke

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Miyajima stands selling food

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Momiji Manju is a maple leaf shaped manju with red bean paste filling. The manju dough of the Momiji Manju has a pound cake-like texture.

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Although red bean paste is the most common filling, nowadays other filling such as custard cream, chocolate cream, cream cheese fillings, and others are popular as well. Momiji Manju are some of Miyajima's most popular souvenirs.

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The Momiji Manju can be purchased at most souvenir shops around town. In addition to pre-packaged momiji manju, some stores perform baking demonstrations where you can try a freshly baked one

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In Japan, while spring is the time for viewing cherry blossoms, autumn is the season for appreciating momiji,  or the changing colors of leaves

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Nowadays, some stores even sell "age momiji manju" which are deep fried momiji manju rather than baked. It is interesting to compare the different flavors and textures of the various types of momiji manju

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Omotesando shopping street is the busiest place in Miyajima for souvenir shops and restaurants

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Manhole cover

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O-Shakushi (World's Largest Wooden Rice Scoop) displayed on the Omotesando Shopping Arcade Miyajima is famous for its quality wooden rice scoops. This O-Shakushi is made of zelkova tree whose age is 270 years old. It is 7.7 meters long, 2.7 meters wide and 2.5 tons The scoop took almost three years to construct and went on display in 1996 to commemorate the designation of Itsukushima Shrine as a World Heritage Site.

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Omotesando shopping street

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The word rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha, which literally means "human-powered vehicle”

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Rickshaws were invented in Japan about 1869, after the lifting of a ban on wheeled vehicles from the Tokugawa  period (1603–1868) and at the beginning of a rapid period of technical advancement in Japan

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A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred

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Going to Itsukushima shrine

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Komainu, often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or the inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public

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The open mouth is supposed to be expelling evil spirits, while the closed-mouthed one is supposed to be keeping good spirits in

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When there is a line of people, go to the end and wait your turn. It is impolite to cut into the line or stand out of line. It is very Japanese to quietly stand in line calmly and wait your turn

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The entrances to many facilities and ticket gates for buses, trains or shrines often have lines so that tickets can be checked. Japanese are said to love standing in line, and you might see many super-long lines of people waiting to get into a popular place

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