|a peak of the itsukushima shrine from the surrounding hills|
part of the genius of this shrine is the beauty of how the design complements the tides completely. i arrived near low tide and could walk right out to this huge gate...
|low tide at the gate, or torii, of the itsukushima shrine|
a few hours later, the bottom of the structure is covered up with the rising water!
this is the major part of the itsukushima shrine and the high tide water rises right up to the platforms you walk along.
by sunset, the orange torii sits deeply in the water.
|the torii at high tide|
i love how the mountains in the background weave through the structure. this is ancient dynamic design, even though the structures dont actually move at all! gorgeous concept.
after this six week epic trip around asia, i'm now heading home to australia. one island to another.