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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION HERE: http://www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda/japan47-miyajima4/michaelasanda/japan47-miyajima4 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. It is said that Itsukushima Shrine is one of the Three Scenic Views of Japan. In the late Heian Period, the current shrine building was constructed in its present form, as a shrine on the sea. 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 4

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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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Located next to Itsukushima Shrine, Daiganji Temple is an ancient Shingon Buddhist temple with strong ties to Shinto shrines. Daiganji Temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, the goddess of eloquence, music, wisdom and wealth, and enshrines one of the three most famous Benzaiten statues in Japan in addition to many other valuable Buddhist statues.

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The Western Corridor, or Nishi Kairo, is the modern-day exit for visitors to the Itsukushima Shrine

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Daiganji Temple Niomon Gate

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Daiganji Temple Niomon Gate

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Located right near the exit of Itsukushima Shrine, Daiganji Temple hosts one of Japan’s three grand statues of Benzaiten, a Japanese Buddhist goddess.

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The nine-trunked pine that stands in the temple courtyard garden is a rare formation of nine “trees” sprouting from one set of roots and it is said that the tree was planted by the hands of Prince Itō Hirobumi, first prime minster of Japan

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Gomado Hall Daiganji Temple

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Gomado Hall Daiganji Temple In April 2006, Gomado Hall was reconstructed for the first time in 140 years, and was served at the setting for the rededication ceremony of Fudo Myo -o Hanka Zazo , wich is 4 meters in height and is made of sandalwood

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Statues of Jizo Statue of Fudo Myoo Zazo, in the Gomado Hall

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Onigawara are a type of roof ornamentation found in Japanese architecture. The name means ”oni roof- tile” and the oni are, like the Nio guardians, protectors of the temples. So, the fierce look, with horns and sharp teeth, is designed just to scare away the evil spirits

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The islanders work hard to preserve the forests and respect nature

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Miyajima Aquarium

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Miyajima Aquarium has more than 13,000 creatures of nearly 350 species and also has a reproduction of an oyster raft that floats on the sea, and the ‘Friendly Seashore’ where visitors can observe, and actually touch the creatures

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The sculpture expresses a girl enjoying diving with Sunameri (a kind of dolphins).  You can see live Sunameri swimming in the pool of the aquarium. She is the favorite Title: Touch

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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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Omoto Park is rare in the world, famous for its large Japanese firs which grow near the shoreline, and it is scented with a mixture of seawater and woody fragrance

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Miyajima's maple trees are renowned throughout Japan and blanket the island in crimson in the autumn

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Komainu

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Omoto shrine

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Omoto shrine This shrine has long been worshipped at by local people and it is said to be even older than the Itsukushima Shrine. The main shrine was rebuilt in 1523.

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Omoto shrine Its roof was constructed using the so-called “Omoto style” in which six layers of shingle roofing is laid three times, so that most of the roof is covered by eighteen layers of shingles. This is a unique style not seen anywhere else other than in picture scrolls in the medieval times

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Omoto shrine The shrine contains many votive tablets with the words "Oshima-meguri" (Touring around the Island).

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"Oshima-meguri" is a local Shinto ritual popular since the Edo period.

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At Kangensai  (Court Music Festival) , the musicians on the sacred boat play court music near this shrine, and then head for Itsukushima Shrine

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Kiyomori ShrineIn remembrance of the reverential virtue of Kiyomori Taira (1118-1181), who built the foundation of the prosperity of Miyajima

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Kiyomori Shrine was built 770 years after the death ofTaira-no-Kiyomori in 1954 to commemorate him and console his spirit. Around March 20th, the anniversary of his death, theKiyomori Festival is held

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