Mashikeitsukushima Shrine, Mashike-cho

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Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima), best known for its "floating" torii gate. It is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures.HistoryItsukushima jinja was the chief Shinto shrine of Aki Province.The shrine has been destroyed several times, but the first shrine buildings were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the mid-16th century, and is believed to follow an earlier design from the 12th century. That design was established in 1168, when funds were provided by the warlord Taira no Kiyomori.The shrine was "devoted to the worship of goddesses to whom Kiyomori owed thanks, he felt, for his success in life." Originally it was a pure Shinto shrine "where no births or deaths were allowed to cause pollution. Its treasures include the celebrated Heike Nōkyō, or 'Sutras dedicated by the Taira House of Taira'. These consist of thirty-two scrolls, on which the Lotus and other sutras have been copied by Kiyomori, his sons, and other members of the family, each completing the writing of one scroll. Kiyomori lavished great wealth upon Itsukushima, and he liked to show the place to his friends and colleagues, or even to royal personages..." The shrine was designed and built on pier-like structures over the bay so that it would appear to be floating on the water, separate from the sacred island, which could be approached by the devout.
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  • 産みの街を守る厳島神社! 大きくはないですが歴史もあっていい感じです。
  • 85. 2017.08.29 黒地に赤 がとても 映える 社殿です 。 1760年前後に「 弁天社 」として 建立されたのが始まりなのだそうです 。 御朱印 を頂くことができました 。 拝殿 の3羽の鶴の彫刻 が素敵でした 。 天井を埋め尽くす 花や 鳥 を描いた 狩野派の絵師 による 雲龍の天井画 は とても有名なだけあり 素晴らしい です 。 1909年 (明治34)に建てられたという 総欅造りの 本殿 にも 数々の 彫刻作品 があり 見所満載 でした 。 天井画 と言えば 、この後に行った 礼文島 の 厳島神社さん にも 42種類の 花の天井画 がありました 。 こちらも 素晴らしかったです 。
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