Floating Torii in monsoon weather

A torii is a traditional gate, found at Shinto shrines in Japan,which symbolically separates the sacred from the profane.

This photo was also published by BBC Mundo on 5th May 2012

This one is probably the most famous of its kind in the world, the torii of Itsukushima Shrine, nicknamed The Floating Torii. Miyajima island, where it is located, is considered sacred and pilgrims were not allowed to set foot on its land; that’s the reason why the torii was built on water.

It’s very impressive, especially in monsoon weather when raging waves crash against it.

The whole shrine complex has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

written by: Ania

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