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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.

Hiroshima monument
  Unfortunately, I can`t really fully dip myself in the water bec it was incendiary!!!  I ended up pouring water on myself next to it.  Plus, a grandma lady speaking to me in full Japanese how to use the sento.  She ended up helping scrub my back.  From what I got from the conversation, her husband used to be in the army.

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.

Hiroshima Peace Park monument
  So, by the time I'm finished doing my walking tour, the YUMMY smells of food is calling me.

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.

View of the walking bridge
  The Japanese government weren't going to surrender if we didn't.  Thousand and thousand of Allied soldiers were dying.  The bomb has a lasting ill effects on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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.

The aftermath of the A-bomb
  We were warned to feed them junk food.  I guess nobody can resist eating crackers.  To reach the peak of Mount Misen, at 535 m, is the highest point on the island, we have to take the Miyajima Ropeway to the top.   At the zenith, you get the best vantage point of the the mini islands surrounding Miyajima.  I had to do my 'I'm the Queen of the World' photo so I let some teenager to take my pics.  They hardly spoke English and did finally understood what I wanted in the photo, 'like the Titanic movie.'  After my photo, he and his friends did the SAME pose.

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.

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Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Hiroshima monument
Hiroshima monument
Hiroshima Peace Park monument
Hiroshima Peace Park monument
View of the walking bridge
View of the walking bridge
The aftermath of the A-bomb
The aftermath of the A-bomb
The A-bomb explosion frozen in time
The A-bomb explosion frozen in time
The largest water torii in the wor…
The largest water torii in the wo…
On the way up Miyajima via cable c…
On the way up Miyajima via cable …
At the summit of Miyajima Island -…
At the summit of Miyajima Island …
View from the ferry of the torii
View from the ferry of the torii
Daiganji Temple where I was attack…
Daiganji Temple where I was attac…
The rikshaw driver and wild deers
The rikshaw driver and wild deers
Hiroshima harbor behind me
Hiroshima harbor behind me
Yamagatta mountains
Yamagatta mountains
A ramen house at Tsuruoka.  My las…
A ramen house at Tsuruoka. My la…
The most awesome sento in Tsuruoka…
The most awesome sento in Tsuruok…
The ladies side (entrance) of the …
The ladies side (entrance) of the…
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