Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Day 2 in Hiroshima

Day 2 in Hiroshima.

I walked around the city of Hiroshima.
At first, I visited Atomic Bomb Dome.

I was a child when I came here about 20 years ago,
so I really could not understand the meaning of this place.
At this time, I really thought of a lot of things,
and had many kinds of feeling here.

After that, I enjoyed some of famous local foods.
This is the most famous Hiroshima's local food called as Hiroshima-yaki.

 And Oyster is also famous food in Hiroshima.

There is city train through the city of Hiroshima,
so it was very easy to access most place.

I could have great days in Hiroshima.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Day 1 in Hiroshima

It took only 90 min to Hiroshima from Osaka by Bullet Train called as Nozimi.

My main purpose of this trip was to see Miyajima that was the island in Hiroshima area,
so I went to Miyajima before going to the city of Hiroshima.
I got on the ship, and it brought me to Miyajima quickly.

It has been almost 20 years since I came to this island before.
I really enjoyed the mood of this island, so I decided to come here again.
The famous shrine called as Itsukushima Shrine has always good looking.
This Shrine is located on the sea!!

You can read good explanation about this shrine on Miyajima Official website.
-Miyajima website

Itsukushima Shrine is known for the unique and bold concept of being built in the sea as well as its elegant architectural style called “Shinden Zukuri”.
It is said to have been first built in 593,
and the present shrine pavilions were constructed in 1168.
The vermilion-painted main building creates a beautiful contrast with the blue sea and green mountains; when the tide comes in, the shrine looks as if it is floating on the sea. This historical piece of cultural heritage stands in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings.

In fact, I could really have great time here.
This shrine was much more beautiful than I expected.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Wonderful Night in Nara

-website of Nara To-Kae

Tens of thousands of candles are lit up in the land of ancient Nara where thrived as a capital 1300 years ago.

NARA TO-KAE started in 1999.
Candlelight blends with the historical land and spectacular nature only 10 days in Summer.

TO-KA is a lump of flower shape on the top of a candlewick after lighting a candle. It is said to be good fortune when the flower shape is made.
We light candles one by one with best wishes for the visitors.