Adventures in Japan | Hiroshima & Miyajima

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[Itsukushima Shrine at Sunset] 
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[Mt. Misen Observatory]
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[Statue friends at Daishō-in]
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[Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum]
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[Itsukushima Shrine]
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[One of many deer on Miyajima Island] 
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[Itsukushima Shrine at Sunset]
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[Daishō-in]
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[Prayer cards at Daishō-in] 
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[View from a café on Miyajima] 
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     After a straight week spent hopping from one train to the next, our few days spent on Miyajima island were ones of serenity. At times, I felt like I was on a deserted island, with no where to seek refuge, like in a movie, but it was an enriching experience to be on the tiny island. The second we hopped off at Hiroshima station, we walked over to the Peace Memorial, where Obama had been just one week prior. I, too, did some origami making, so I guess you could say I'm famous or something. And, not far from the memorial, we looked in awe at the last standing building post-atomic bomb. Aside from our visit to the somewhat chilling memorial, we spent most of the majority of these days on Miyajima, after a short ferry ride from Hiroshima. I mentioned some dessert delicacies in a previous post-- if you are ever in this area, PLEASE do yourself a favor and try the maple leaf shaped desserts (preferably chocolate, but bean paste is a Japanese favorite). You will not regret it. Trust me. 

     Miyajima was extremely picturesque, with the beautiful, floating Itsukushima Shrine. As the tide goes in and out, you can see different perspectives of the shinto shrine. We also did an early morning and late night shoot by the shrine to capture different images of the famous landmark. While shooting, we danced around the deer who inhabit the area, seeking out tourists' clothing/maps as the perfect snack. I left Miyajima unscathed (stomach full of maple leaf shaped delicacies)  but there were some moments of negligence that almost cost me my bag and trendy Japanese gauchos. 

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