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Miyajima - Torii at low tide

The torii of the Itsukushima shrine is one of the most widely known views of Japan.

At high tide, the torii appears to float on the water. Here is a picture taken at low tide when a lot of people walk to the torii to stick some pennies on its columns (between the water plants that are growing on the bottom).

I loved the view of the vermillion torii with the green densely wooded mountain slope in the background.
On the small island of Miyajima (the official name of the island is Itsukushima) the felling of trees is prohibited since long. The result is that the unspoiled forest has been maintained, with an interesting fauna such as deer that also come into the streets of the village. Actually, many deer are so tame that they behave very pushy with people hoping to get some food (what they also often get).

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