Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Miyajima Island

While in Hiroshima I checked out Miyajima Island as I was told it's a must. and also because my friend Anna Miyaji's last name is related to the Island name. (this one's for you anna :P)

Miyajima is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. Miyajima is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views.

While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for "shrine-island". This is because the island is so closely related to its shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, in the public's mind. Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings are built over water.

There are wild deer all over the island. They are so used to visitors that they just walk up to you and start eating your food. This one went into some lady's purse and ate a piece of her paper. quite comical

five storied pagoda

Inside the shrine. I liked the writing contrasting the orange colors.

gate from the shrine

a place to worship

not sure exactly what these are but i think they are a prayer thing made by kids

don't mess with this god

tons of buddha statues

rope car ride up the mountain

view from the rope car ride near the top

view from a lookout spot

this fire has been continuously burning for over 1200 years

Rope way going down

the torii floating...

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