Monday, July 4, 2011

Japan Day 11&12: Miyajima and Hiroshima


After the party on Friday, waking up early the next morning to catch the bullet train to Hiroshima was hard. I was long awaiting the ride on the famous Shinkansen bullet train. I somewhat believed that it would move so fast that images out the window would become blurry. I was pleasantly surprised that at 300km/hour I could still happily observe the beautiful scenery of the Japanese countryside.



Once we arrived in Hiroshima and checked in at out hotel, we hopped over on a ferry boat which took us to the island of Miyajima, Japanese for " shrine island".
Miyijima is most famously known for its giant Torii Gate which seems to float on top of the water at high tide.


 Miyajima is most definitely a very romantic place, with wandering deers surrounding the paths of tourists and little vendor streets filled with traditional shops. Visiting it definitely gives you a great view of the Japanese countryside.


 We couldn't finish the evening without some of Hiroshima's famous okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake consisting of noodles, cabbage and seafood topped with an delicious sauce.


 The second day we went to downtown Hiroshima or more specifically to the Peace Memorial Museum. The museum collects and displays belongings left by the victims of the tragic atomic bomb event of 1945. It is an extreme;y painful visit yet so humbling. Unfortunately, it really left me in a sickening state of mood the whole day, so I was unable to snap any pictures.
  I am bewildered by the fact that although just about 65 years ago this city was in ashes and ruins, it has been able to reconstruct itself into a great cosmopolitan city. Yet, the sadness of those events still lingers and the whole city has a very gray and somber feel, or at least that was my impression.

At least I can put that all behind as Tokyo is awaiting us!

11 comments:

modniza said...

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gillybeancandyjar said...

reminds me of rise of the phoenix. Beautiful pictures. You're (somewhat) close to where my relatives are... beautiful countryside of Japan :) I love the picture of the guy with the cellphone haha and the palm trees!

Cara said...

I love these photos...definitely looks like it was worth the early morning train ride...

You look so pretty in the last post too, love that white dress!

xo Cara
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Anaivilo said...

Beautiful photos!! I would really love to take a ride on that train, must be so cool at such a speed :D

P.S. I don't think I can make it back in Bucharest so soon, it depends on my budget, plus it's a very long hour ride. I am sorry, I would have loved to meet you :(

Leonie said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing Japan trip, it really makes me want to go there soon! It's a very special culture :-)

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Gingerrsnap said...

Wow it looks such a beautiful place! i love the photos! Cant wait to see the tokyo post. Thankyou for your lovely comment xx

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FASHION ICE said...

such a lovely place!

Ana said...

it looks so beautiful!

julia.a said...

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Special K said...

So beautiful ♥

colorsdiary said...

bullet train sounds very good :))
i am sure it is also very fast.

denise