Hiroshima 3- Sacred Isle
Let me start out by apologizing. I’m not really the blogging type. It’s not something that comes naturally, and I so often neglect to post anything, let alone anything of interest.
So where was I in my last post?
There I was.
The seas around Hiroshima are full of little islands. One of the larger ones off the coast is Miyajima, an island with a small town and a long history as a religious site. It’s also very famous as one of the most scenic places in Japan.
Itsukushima Shrime is the most famous part of the island, dating in its present incarnation to the glory days of the Taira clan of samurai in the 12th century. Depending on the tide, the torii gate is either on a sandy beach, or off the shore out in the water. It is definitely the most well-known shrine gate in all of Japan.
Behind the shrine, you can see Misen, the ridge-like mountain in the center of the island. Feeling adventurous, we all elected to scale it by foot.
With the sun descending and the village going to bed early as small villages do, we took the ferry back into Hiroshima. Not to settle down quite yet, however, but to partake in some extreme karaoke. After all, in my opinion you have to drink in a city late at night, before you can really tell what it’s like…