kansai trip day 1 part 2
after spending the morning and early afternoon in hiroshima, mickie and i headed out to miyajima island. the only method of transportation to and from the island is a JR ferry that runs a couple times an hour, meaning that you have to be prompt else face a long wait. from the ferry, mickie wanted to test out her fairly new camera lens, and i wanted to test out my new camera. i ended up getting some decent long distance photos of the island.
as you’ll find out from my next post about my trip to nara, some tourist spots have deer wandering around. japanese people believe in living in harmony with nature, so allowing the deer to freely roam is just one part of that practice.
some of the deer get a bit aggressive, so the groundskeepers cut off their sharp antlers but they don’t seem to be too phased by it. exhibit A: deer attacking guy for his plastic bag of stuff.
the main attraction on miyajima is the torii (i think i’ve covered what a torii is before so i won’t describe it again but here’s a link). next to the torii is a small shrine. it’s nothing i haven’t seen before but its bright red color matched well with the torii.
the thing that makes miyajima’s torii so special is that it’s both in the water and not. during the day, the tide recedes and you can stand underneath it to take pictures.
during the evening, however, the tide comes back up and the torii looks like it’s floating on the water.
because the tide comes in, the ground between the shrine and the torii is covered with slippery seaweed. i almost ate it in front of everyone.
also, the view at sunset is amazing.
when it gets dark, accent lights come on.
later that night, we just headed back to our tiny hotel room and rested because we had a long day ahead of us at nara and osaka.