vagabundler.comJAPAN: Hippie Buddha Monks - Miyajima[Artikel auf Deutsch @ Feinripp Magazine: ] Here is a little story from our Japan-trip about the little funny hippie buddha monk figures we found. After we spend some time in the metropolitan tumult of Osaka, we headed south towards Hiroshima. It started getting greener on the countryside and shrine visits started to become the order of the day. An extensive site was located on the island Miyajima (宮島) which means translated "shrine-island". The island is packed with temple sites and there is as well the famous Itsukushima Shintō-Shrine ( 厳島神社). The basic architecture of the shrine was erected in 593. The Great Torii (厳島神社 大鳥居) exists since the year 1168, but they renewed it with camphorwood. It´s only accessible by foot during low tide, during high tide it´s surrounded by water. The main buildings of the Itsukushima Shrine are placed in front of the island on higher platforms which are connected by 280 meter long corridors.