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Another hydrofoil racing towards Fukuoka.
After a three hour hydrofoil ride from Busan, Korea across the Sea of Japan, we landed in Hakata Port in Fukuoka. After meandering around the city for a while, Jiyoung and I climbed up to the top of Fukuoka Tower and were treated to a nice view of the city. After that, we headed down to a very nice beach to watch the sunset. The beaches in Fukuoka are a million times better than the beaches in Busan. It was uncrowded and clean with good music and a little collection of nice vendors. Compare that to Busan where you can't actually see the water because of the 2 meter high umbrella wall that seems to stretch to the horizon, and where the water is roped off so the only available swimming area is populated with a 1000 kids and their giant yellow floats.
A house
It was fun.

The next day we took a 4 hour bus ride to Hiroshima and started off the afternoon in the Peace Park, taking in the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace museum. A sad experience, but one in which we learned a lot.

The day after that we got some bikes and toured the city, kicking it in Shukkeien park for a while and getting up close and personal with some turtles. A few chocolate chip cookies had them nearly crawling over us! We also hit up the Hiroshima Castle, originally built in the 1800's (and rebuilt after the war). It was cool and a good way to spend an hour or so. We also stumbled across Hondori Street and spend a good while strolling up and down, checking out $10,000 Cartier and Rolex watches and people-watching.

On Friday, we took a 1 hr tram southwards and then hopped on a 10 minute ferry over to the island of Miyajima.
Floating Torii
Upon stepping off the dock we were shocked to come face to face with some deer. Lots of deer, with big antlers! We walked right up and were able to pet them and take some pictures. We then strolled around the coast area and took lots of pictures of the floating torii, one of the landmarks of Miyajima. Miyajima is also one of the top 3 scenic spots in Japan, as well as a UNESCO world heritage spot. And, it's home to the world's largest spatula. We had lots to keep us busy, and even though we passed up climbing Mt. Misen because of the 95 degree heat, we still had a great time. It's a really awesome island and I'll definitely head back if I'm in the area again.

It's Saturday and we're heading back to Fukuoka later today to spend the evening lounging on the beach. Tomorrow, we'll hop aboard the hydrofoil for the 3 hour jaunt back to South Korea.

Monday kicks off another work week. 20 more working days until I head off on my around-the-world trip. Woohoo!
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Another hydrofoil racing towards F…
Another hydrofoil racing towards …
A house
A house
Floating Torii
Floating Torii
Inside Fukuoka Tower.
Inside Fukuoka Tower.
Hiroshima Castle
Hiroshima Castle
Shukkein Park
Shukkein Park
The requisite handstand
The requisite handstand
Fukuoka Tower
Fukuoka Tower
Hiroshima
Hiroshima
the streets of Miyajima
the streets of Miyajima
Jiyoung and a new friend
Jiyoung and a new friend
5 storied pagoda on Miyajima
5 storied pagoda on Miyajima
worlds biggest rice spatula thing…
world's biggest rice spatula thin…
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