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October 1-2, 2012
Well, Graeme and Bryan's trip to Mio to spread their grandfather's ashes didn't go as smoothly as planned. Their late start didn't help and the typhoon really screwed around with their travels.
After a couple of wrong trains they finally got headed in the right direction on slow local trains. It seems the "Bullet" trains don't operate in really bad weather conditions.
... all manner of trendy fashion boutiques, electronic stores and restaurants.
Trying to find something to eat in Japan can sometime be a bit tricky for foreigners. If you can't read Japanese kanji, then it's sometimes difficult to read the menus outside the restaurants (not all of them include English translations) so sometimes you're not really sure what kind of food is served at the restaurant. Most of the time I just took a gamble and went ...
... but we ended up being in there for about 2 hours. It was amazing, there were some things you could touch such as burned roof tiles that had melted into sparkling fragments. They had clothes of children and the stories that accompanied them. Then we got to the burned tricycle of a 3 year old, it made me so sad to see it. He died and his father buried him with his helmet and tricycle. Then forty years later he dug up the tricycle and gave it to the museum. ...
... mt. planted with trees' WITH MANY small temle, dated 800AD, Kukai period. 1 has a fire beleived to exist since those years. nice view to the sea. You walk there - up and down' then the way down to Daishin temple.2km - 1+ hour. My knees started to pain. A very nice walk. Then I walked to the main temple, Itsukushima - saw the floting tori (A big gate in the water), ate in the market, went back.to Hiroshima.
Shukkei-en garden: excellent, planted 1620, burnt ...
... next to Ohtorii. Another recommendation from Bev and Kim, so thanks again!
I spent some time enjoying the shrine and reflecting, as I normally do, on life, my trip and family and friends. I spent the next few hours exploring Itsukushima shrine, the Five Storied Pagoda, Daiganji temple and watching the little Japanese children line up for the aquarium!
I also thought I found a cheap coffee shop. ...
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