Itsukushima Shrine Treasure Hall, Hatsukaichi

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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  • ...but if you are not a believer and a tourist, then this temple has littke to offer in terms of things tonsee. Respect it as an important temple for Japanese culture, but for me other temples on the ...  more »
  • The treasure is basically an easy place to understand when thinking in the wind of "Valuables". For this reason, if you have time,
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  • Wonderful! A very special place in a lovely island.
  • Beware of deer. They always look for food and can take papers out of your hands or even nab your shirt.
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