Miyajima Island Excursion

Two Local Clichés
Two Local Clichés

This morning we took a local train from Hiroshima to Miyajimaguchi, then the ferry to the island of Miyajima (also known as Itsukushima), which sits in the enormous bay to the south of Hiroshima. The island has been the sacred home of the Shinto Itsukushima Shrine since the 1500’s.

Its imposing red Ō-Torii gate stands in front of the shrine, and all pilgrims are supposed to enter through the gate. These days its not terribly practical, but it is popular to wade out to the structure at low tide and push a coin into the woodwork for good luck.

The island is inhabited by humans who live in a small town where the ferry docks, and by wild deer – all over! They wander in and out of the shops in the high street, many of which don’t have doors but are open to the pavement. They laze about in the sun and take refuge in the shade. They should not be fed, and all paperwork (tickets, passports etc) should be kept a watchful eye on, or the deer are prone to munching them! The image on the right nearly made it as my pick for Day #1715.

It was another very hot morning, but we enjoyed lunch in one of the local cafés to cool off. Then it was back to the main metropolis of Hiroshima where I was intending to take a leisurely walk along the Ota River during the afternoon. My plans were thwarted by a massive thunderstorm which broke just as I left the hotel!

Oh well, back to my room to dry off a bit and later venture out with friends from the tour to find some food in a local restaurant. It was tasty – but a little tricky to eat!

Balancing Act
Balancing Act

Here are some more images I made today:

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