Well. it finally rained on my parade!!
Trip Start May 19, 2012
13Trip End May 30, 2012
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The most famous is the Itsukushima Shrine & it's O-Torii (Grand Gate) which stands majestically in the sea( the current gate was constructed in 1875.. but is now under restoration due to typhoon damage recieved in April 2012).
Wild deer. or Japanese spotted deer, of which some are not soo wild .. roam the streets and foreshore amongst the tourists in search of a free food handout.. some have been known to snatch cloth or paper from unsuspecting tourists.. many are quite content to stand, be patted and be photographed .Feeding them has been banned.. an issue of contention periodically.
Restaurants abound in the narrow streets.. from little "home run" to speciality seafood.. grilled oyster (in the half shell) to the famous grilled "conger eel" served on rice...or other traditional japanese fare.
For the sweet tooth ,the Momiji-Manju.. or Maple shaped cake is a must try.. originally filled with only red bean paste , it is now filled with custard, chocolate, apple and more flavours to satisfy all palates...You can see the cakes being made , baked, packed and sold in many of the stores..
The sheer number of souvenir shops is mind-boggling. For the most part, they all sell the same things for the same prices — rice scoops, miniature floating torii's, and souvenir boxes of sweets are by far the most common items. (Even Hello Kitty has her own Miyajima-themed shop)
Unfortunately the rain did not clear so the views were very limited but on clear days a trip up the mountain on the Miyajima ropeway car, a visit to Momijidani Park.
Leaving this damp spot behind it is back to Hiroshima to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial museum..it is a solemn but poignant collection of photos, film clips, documentation etc.. so very well exhibited and explained.. to remind the visitor of the horror of nuclear war .. one exits the museum with a greater wish for World Peace....
I will leave Hiroshima tomorrow wiser and in awe of what it has suffered and rebuilt in the last 67 years.. what a modern, wonderful, happy city it is now...