February 22nd, 2013

So a bit late, but last [last] weekend I went to Miyajima and Hiroshima for the first time ^_^ Shinkansen from Kyoto! The ride only took about two hours and twenty minutes or so and it was very pleasant. The train only sits at the station for roughly 1 minutes, so you have to hurry on and off. The inside of the train was nifty in that you can rotate the seats [as a bench of 3 seats] so that they face each other to make a set of six seats, or so that they face in one direction so that the seats are rows of three. Unlike the Keihan though, these seats rotate 180 degrees around an axis…finally something that I think makes sense and can agree with…

When we arrived in Hiroshima, we then took a 20 minute ferry to the island of Miyajima, where upon arriving we were immediately in search of Hiroshima okonomiyaki. The style in Hiroshima differs from that in the general Kansai region is that soba noodles are also put in…Good stuff ^_^

Miyajima is well known for several things, including Itsukushima Shrine, the giant torii gate out in the water, momiji manjyu, okonomiyaki, and grilled oysters, yaki kaki. Grilled fresh right in front of you!

What we spent most of our day doing was exploring the Misen mountain. We took a nice cable car ride up and the view was amazing; we were so high up, and everything was so distant that it appeared paled, that the view looked like it was from a painting; flat and fading.

We had the privilege to stay at a traditional Japanese ryokan, where there is a bath in the basement and tatami rooms. It was pretty fun to dress in yukata and such.

The following day we took the ferry back to the mainland and in Hiroshima, I got to get a very thorough look at the Peace Memorial Museum. Inside the exhibit is very thorough, with information concerning the development and decision to use the atomic bomb, as well as current actions against nuclear weapons today. There is a replica of the famous Genbaku Dome that was one of the few somewhat standing structures that remained after the bomb took out most of the wooden buildings in the city. The actual building still stands across the river from the museum.

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This is my personal site to post some stuff – stuff that is so random I can’t really be any more specific. But if you care for photos of food, panoramas, my day, or just the thoughts that go on in my head, please stay!

I love to travel, bake, burn time on tumblr, read, cafe questing, and run around pretending to be a photographer. I also have a thing for Japanese, classical music, and food. Wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, I hope to do it with a smile, see new things, do everything, and just experience and take it all in.