got some peace in Hiroshima
Hiroshima Travel Blog› entry 4 of 4 › view all entries
I`ve been buddish/shinto templed-out. Wow, everywhere you go there are temples and more temples (like being in Morocco - medinas after medinas). My first day in Kyoto, my back was killing me because I over-packed again. I always want the comforts of home while travelling to I carry ALOT of crap with me. Too bad Kyoto doesn't have the affordable Thai body massages like Bangkok. I have to grin and bear it. Last night I went to a local restaurant. The bartender thought I worked for the U.N., I told him I wished. I ate at the bar which is a good place to people watch. The place had many foreigner (gaijin) customers.
I went to the local sento (public bath, which is across from the hostel) and did what the locals do - go nude.
I wandered around in their roof covered alley malls. I think the Japanese signage are too cutesie-bootsie. I wish I knew how to read them. The store workers are so polite and they always greet you, 'Irashie masie.' I did try the local delicacy in Kyoto, the Takoyaki octopus balls, izakaya style, grilled (like fish balls - http://www.bento.com/tr-tako.html). They have izakaya stands mushrooming in parks and near the bridges.
The streets are really confussing and I`m having a hard time using the phones here. I can`t understand the messages in Japanese. Oh well, gotta try again. The grocery stores are nice and clean. Of course, they have so clue most of the times when I'm asking for directions.
Today, I`m in Hiroshima to tour the Atomic Bomb Dome + the museum. Hooraaaay, I even rode the shinkansen from Kyoto to get here in 1 hr + 30 mins. Going to figure out the nearest ramen place for lunch. I've seen documentaries about WWII but nothing beats being here and feeling the history. It is really sad that we had to drop the bomb.
On my third day, the Hostel receptionist suggested I should visit Miyajima where the biggest torii on water is situated. The World Heritage Foundation even included this torii to their list. The torii at the Itsukushima Shrine welcomes visitors to the island.
I hop on the JR Metro because we have to transfer at the Hiroshiman harbor for the JR Miyajima ferry to get to the island. Funny thing, the Thai family who was staying at my hostel was on their way to Miyajima too.
As soon as you get out of the ferry station, wild deers are all around the street.
I will be in Tsuruoka, Yamagatta by Thurs night to visit my co-worker`s friend, the Horie family. I`m staying in their big house. Yiiipee. They family picked me up by the JR Station & it was much colder in the mountain region. There were snow while the Kodama train was inching along the rails.
MORE TO COME...