Final Day

by Kieran August. 26, 2008 13563 views

This will be the last post of photos from my Japan trip, and seeing as I didn't actually go anywhere on the final day I was there i've instead spread my final excursion to Miyajima over two days. Here's the second half the post.
This is Itsukushima Shrine as seen from the island itself. Unfortunately we arrived just as it closed so weren't able to go inside and see. We did manage to catch a rather lovely sunset though. The shrine itself is a complex of arrangement of halls and pathways built on stilts, originally so that commoners could visit without defiling the island with their footprints. When the tide is in, the water covers up the stilts and gives the appearance that the shrine is floating…

Here I am next to Itsukushima with the famous floating torii gate behind me :) Like the shrine it gives the appearance of floating on the water when the tide comes in.

The sun was just setting behind the mountains on the other side of the water, and golden sunlight streamed over the and onto the island…

And with that the sun set. This is another of my favourite iconic views from Japan.. The possibility for variation in how this view looks is almost endless, depending on the height of the tide, position of sun in sky, conditions on the water, weather on the mainland, and any number of other factors. The eye, mind and skill of the photographer play a role too of course! Every moment it's unique..

It was a superb time to see it though even if it was just at the end of the day, and it's certainly something I won't forget. My time in Japan was one of the most enjoyable and mind broadening experiences I've ever had, so I'd like to dedicate this whole blog to my most dearly beloved Jessica, as a happy reminder of all the wonderful time we spent together over the summer and every other moment I've been lucky enough to find myself in the same country as her :) There'll be many more times still to come of course too.
So to end the blog, this is Jessica's take on the view. She likes sparkly things in photos so it's all starry and pretty.
Thank you to anyone who read the blog. It may return at some point, who knows!

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Sara 12 years, 8 months ago

Nice post!! My fav is # 5! Oh! And I add it to my favorites!

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Van 12 years, 8 months ago

That's gorgeous

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Kieran 12 years, 8 months ago

Many thanks David! I'm very glad you enjoyed it :) I'd like to do some sort of general photography blog at some point if I have the time so maybe this will morph into that... failing that I'll post a few more bits when I visit Japan again at Christmas. We shall see. Either way, I'll keep you informed worry not!

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