There was a certain kind of stillness as I looked out our window in the morning.
This was Miyajima before the throngs of tourists arrive....the quiet of the streets...you could almost hear the falling leaves hitting he ground, or at least you thought you could.
We had chosen a Japanese style room at our hotel, Yamaichi Bekkan. While small, the rooms were comfortable in this tiny four room hotel. One of the amenities was of course, a tea pot. We'd bought some Momiji Manju, a manju in the shape of a maple leaf, which is the local specialty. As a whole, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, this was fine.....
After some tea and manju, we headed downstairs. We told the very nice owner that we'd be coming back later for breakfast which was included in our room package.
There was one reason I booked a night on Miyajima.
And no, it wasn't to frolic with our four legged friends.....
Rather, it was to visit what is now one of the Missus's favorite sights.......the "floating torii" of Itsukushima Shrine. I had planned being here even when it wasn't "floating". You see, at low tide, you can actually walk out to the gate.
Having seen it during high tide, this seemed quite impressive in its own right......
We'd seen a large group of kids arrive the night before. They were having a fun time. We recognized an older couple. I'd tried to give them my seat on the tram from Hiroshima Station the day before. They gave us a smile and a wave. Ah yes, the island was indeed getting smaller.....
We hadn't actually visited the shrine yet....I'd kinda saved it for the morning....less crowds so we could enjoy things a bit more.
I mentioned a bit about the history of the island and shrine in my earlier post.
This is one of those places that just doesn't take a bad photo.
It was fun watching the "classes" take photos...."say cheese!!!"
We exited on the otherside of the bay. Taking a seat, we could sit and absorb the whole scene.
And do our parody of the ultimate Asian "selfie peace-sign shot".
I sent this out to friends, and "TFD" mentioned that she had never seen the Missus look so happy....
It was time to head back. We decided to cross the "bay area"....after all, this place is covered by water a good part of the day, so couldn't get nice shots like these without getting into a boat during those times.
We walked back via Omotesando Street...basically the shopping arcade which was not ready for prime time at this hour.
Here's a bit of trivia....I was told that the "Shamoji" the rice paddle was "invented" on Miyajima. According to various stories a monk named Seishin had a dream the product of which became the traditional rice scoop. And, in case you're so inclined, you can find the world's largest rice scoop here on Miyajima.
I'd had my share of what I call Japanese breakfasts. The basic is what I would call "tamago meshi"...which we had at home. Hot, fresh, rice, natto, green onions, with a raw egg cracked over the mess. What I had at Fukagawa reminded me of growing up...before the days when you'd want to "Leggo my Eggo".
Here it was a much more formal breakfast.
And totally wiped me out. Good thing it was still early. I was able to head up back to the room and take a 20 minute nap!
Soon enough we were on the ferry, leaving Miyajima.
I could tell by the Missus's body language that She really enjoyed Her time here.
And if I were a betting man, I'd say that we'd be returning someday........
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