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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Miyajima Island and the Itsukushima Shrine
We decide to forgo the Hiroshima war memorial and shrine in favor of spending a day on the divine island of Miyajima, site of the Itsukushima shrine, the Daisho-in Temple, and sacred Mt. Misen. This requires another train to the coast, and ferry across to the island. Our Japan Railpass is good for both.
On the island, we take many many pictures of the shrine:
Stan and I snack on grilled octopus tentacles, served on a stick:
While one of the many tame deer on the island snacks on Stan's map:
Sigrid is is fascinated by visitors wearing Kimonos and a wedding party in traditional garb we find underway at the temple. This becomes her photographic focus:
Lunch in a restaurant in a village on the island. Sitting traditional Japanese style, we enjoy grilled oysters from the beds just off the island in the Ohnoseto Strait. All washed down with Asahi beer in a frosty cold mug :
After lunch, the girls encourage Stan and I to climb Mt. Misen, which we will leave as the subject of the next post (falling a bit behind now). There is a little more on the topic of said climb found at the link here. Of particular relevance is this line - "...just make sure you give yourself enough time to catch the ferry back to mainland." To which we would also add - "and to catch the last bullet train to Kobe."