Firstly, my apologies for not blogging as quickly as I’d like to, but midterms are now over!
Now, about my time on Miyajima island. Miyajima is about an hour train ride from Hiroshima via the Sanyo line. Then from the station, the ferry station is about a 10 minute walk that’s precisely straight. There is an odd underground pass on the way to cross the street. Japan seems to have a knack for building underground.
The underground pass wasn’t boring though. There was pretty artwork to decorate along the way.
Once at the ferry station, I timed my arrival perfectly and was able to catch the departing ferry. The ride is about 15-20 minutes and I got to see a beautiful view of the fog atop the mountains of Miyajima island.
Once on the island, I got to meet it’s spoiled ‘wildlife’ inhabitants. Deer!
The deer are everywhere, and I say ‘wildlife’ because I believe these guys are pretty well domesticated. Though I did watch them aggressively grab peoples’ bags for food, that was the most wild thing they did. I was also able to pet them. They were very tame creatures, and in the event one were to charge, I assume the island staff or somebody has cut all the male deers’ horns.
On Miyajima’s shore is the beautiful Tori Gate. It was beautiful and huge! Though, as a cultural note it may seem very plain to the average non-Japanese, but this is the beauty in Japanese architecture. Things are not meant to be completely ornate as one would see in other Asian cultures, but that there is beauty in simplicity. Therefore a lot of Japanese architecture may look similar, though it is somehow different. It is a deep concept I have come to love and appreciate about Japanese culture.
I was able to read the first picture, which says peace. There is so much kanji to learn, so I was pretty excited about being able to read it. These little posts were all over the island. ‘和平’ was on our way up a hill to a temple. We had to take our shoes off to enter, but there were slippers provided.
In the temple, there was a donation box of some sort and a large box with numbered drawers than contained little papers with prayers/poems. I got one after putting money in the box, then folded and tied it in the temple.
I’m not sure what the paper said, but I would like to think the number I chose was for what I needed.
After the temple we went shopping a little before heading home. I wish I had more time on the island and will definitely try my best to go back.
Halloween is soon, so stayed tuned! Until next time.