Miyajima is an island in the Inland Sea of Japan, not far from Hiroshima. It has a long history of being a sacred place, and is known as one of the "Three Scenic Beauties" of Japan. The architecture of the Shinto shrine and its Torii gate is especially famous. During high tide, the Torii is surrounded by water, and the buildings of the shrine are right on the water. The island has long been a popular destination for Japanese tourists.

The carved representation of Miyajima is the most common of the recurring themes on these boxes. We believe that the boxes were probably produced in or around Miyajima and sold as souvenirs to the tourists.

Old Postcards

Both of the following photographs are from postcards published by the Japanese Government Railways.

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