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H-Bomb’s Friday Photo, week 2: a scenic Japanese view at dusk

The second edition of our new weekly photo series finds us in Japan — specifically, on an island called Itsukushima, popularly known as Miyajima (Shrine Island), in the Seto Inland Sea. Miyajima, which is an easy day-trip from Hiroshima, contains a Shinto shrine, and is most famous for its “floating torii” seen here:

A torii is a ceremonial orange gate found at a shrine. What makes Miyajima’s floating torii unique is that, except at low tide, it’s partially submerged in the sea and fully surrounded by water. But at low tide you can walk right up to it.

The view seen here is regarded as one of the three most scenic vistas in Japan. It’s a particularly popular place to watch the sun set. Most tourists come only to watch that sunset (and admittedly, the sunsets behind the torii can be spectacular); they then immediately skedaddle to catch the next ferry back to the mainland. I was glad that I lingered, because I thought that the floating torii looked even better at dusk, as shown above.

The shrine complex, including the floating torii, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This photo was taken during my visit to Japan in April 2008.

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H-Bomb’s Friday Photo, week 1: a Moroccan mosque

Welcome to this website’s newest feature! Every Friday (with hopefully rare exceptions when things like travel preclude it), I’ll be posting a photo from my previous worldwide adventures. Some of those pics will have appeared, or will appear in the future, in substantive blog posts here; others will only be seen in these weekly “Friday Photo” posts.

To kick off the series, here’s a look at the Hassan II Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الحسن الثاني) in Casablanca, Morocco:

Completed in 1993, this mosque was designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. The minaret, ascending to a height of 210 meters (689 feet), is the tallest in the world.

This photo was taken during my visit to Morocco in February 2011.

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