日本での一年間

February 18, 2011

Torii Gate at Low Tide

Filed under: Chuugoku, Domestic, Trips — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 2:07 am

In a couple of previous posts, I put up pictures of the 16 meter (52.5 ft) tall floating red torii gate at Miyajima island. You may have been thinking, how in the world did they get that big gate out in the water? Answer: low tide.

Although the Torii gate is not reachable when the tide is high, during low tide, you can walk out right next the gate. The gate has been there since 1168, but the current gate is from 1875 and is the 8th gate. The keep the gate grounded, it has heavy stones at the bottom to weigh it down. The idea is that it should be able to withstand typhoons and it seems to be doing so swimmingly. Also, each side has 4 helper columns, keeping it steady. Another thing that prevents it from being totally destroyed by the elements is the materials. The gate is made of camphor wood, which is slow to rot and strong against bugs.

torii

With people to compare it to, the gate seems much, much bigger.

tourist

All them tourists gotta get up close to the torii and take some pictures.

looking up

It seems that I proceded to copy the guy in the picture above and take the exact same photo as he did.

bottom of the torii

The bottom of the Torii looks a bit dirty, doesn't it?

torii

The sun has set and my day in Miyajima has come to an end.

I would feel like a day at Miyajima was incomplete if I didn’t see the Torii at high tide and low tide. It gives you 2 different perspectives on this amazing piece of architecture and both are necessary to get a full sense of how amazing it is.

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3 Comments »

  1. I did this too!

    Comment by reccaphoenix — February 19, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  2. I loved your pictures, Susannah. We went to the Temple of the Golden Pavilion on our October trip, so we got to see the reflections you missed on your trip. It was crowded then, too, but we got a great picture of some Japanese teen-aged girls in rented kimonos flashing us the vee-shaped peace sign. Snow in Japan seems a lot more wonderful and exotic than all the snow we got here in Chicago this winter. Keep taking those great pictures. Love, Adrienne

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — February 27, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    • I’m sure that this snow just looked nice because it was fresh. Slushy, gray, nasty snow comes later, I’m sure.

      Comment by myyearinjapan — March 1, 2011 @ 4:27 am


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