Journey to Miyajima

 

Hi everyone!

It has indeed been a while since I had posted any updates since before I left for Japan. But since we are on a schedule and have been fighting for both sleep and wifi, I haven’t had the time to write. Fortunately I got to borrow a computer tonight, even only for a short time so I can post a few updates and pictures of my trip. Firstly, my friend and I were traveling through Canada to Tokyo. However, our flight was delayed by about an hour and a half which made a huge difference in us catching our connecting flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka. Long story short, we missed our flight to Fukuoka because of the delay and ended up buying another ticket that same night. The airport staff however was most helpful and friendly and they helped us catch our last minute flight 2 minutes before the shuttle left for the plane. We cut it really close, but made it half an hour later in Fukuoka and caught up with our group.

So far we spent time in Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Beppu and Hiroshima. Beppu was fun and full of hot springs where I tried it out for the very first time. Nudity and shyness aside , it was a great and relaxing experience. My skin looks and feel so much better and honestly I wish I could do it everyday.

Today we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and learned  about the true horrors that occurred after the bomb. It is a bit of an eye opening and painful experience but seeing the pleas for peace and unity gives me a lot of hope and I am glad that I had the opportunity to visit and to further understand what Japan has gone through in its history. If you  ever visit  Japan inthe future, I highly suggest  you see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum.

Today we went to Miyajima which is a small island next to Hiroshima. We took a ferry to go across and when we came closer to the Tori gates I could hardly believe it. These same gates were the ones I always see in pictures and I had always wanted to see them in person, I just didn’t think that day would be today. The island was also populated by a good number of deer that seemed to want ro eat just about anything. So far, just paper and leaves. But my friend had her map stolen and eaten by one of them and if you have food on you they will follow you.

Usually the famous Miyajima Tori Gate is surrounded by high tide, but this time that wasn’t the case so we got to go up close and actually touch it. I noticed that coins were all around the ground and in the crevices of the structure. I’m not sure why they were  there but I suspect they are wishes made by the people who put them there. Later that day we went up the nature trail on the mointain where there was a small river and a couple shrines. The feel of the whole island was amazing and I hope I will be able to return soon.

I’ll updates soon as I get the time and wifi of course. There are more adventures to come! 😉 If you ever get the chance to see Japan, please  visit Miyajima and Hiroshima, it really is worth it 😀

An old bank in Hiroshima  that was destroyed by the atomic bomb
An old bank in Hiroshima that was destroyed by the atomic bomb
A beautiful poster representing he world's desire for peace and freedom from nuclear weapons.
A beautiful poster representing the world’s desire for peace and freedom from nuclear weapons.
Sight of the Miyajima gates from our ferry!
View of the Miyajima gates from our ferry.
A Miyajima deer that just  ate my friend's map, lol. :D
A Miyajima deer that just ate my friend’s map, lol. 😀
Miyajima gates
Miyajima gates

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Coins found on the gates
Coins found on the gates

 

Coins left in the small niches of the the gates.
Coins left in the small niches of the the gates.

 

 

 

 

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