Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In closing

The people is what the country is all about in my opinion.
Here is a collection of a few of their faces living out their individual lives. I will never ever forget their friendliness and  hospitality - from the waiter who walked me out to the sidewalk with a present of a tea mug, to the laughing children in the parks and the wedding being photographed in the gardens.

Buddhist temple to modern sculpture

Kosanji Temple is dazzling and took more than 30 years to build in honor of the priest's mother. 

On the hill above the temple is Miraishin no Oka, The Heights of Eternal Hope for the Future, the one message Japan sends out to the world. 

Safety issues in Japan

I visited the Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art on Ikuchijima Island, which displays  the art of the famous Japanese artist, Ikuo Hirayama. His lush watercolors are peace-themed.

While walking to the building,  I noticed bikes unlocked. That is pretty much what I observed all over Japan from big cities to rural areas. People respect the property of others. 

Island tripping on a Sunday

Everywhere I ate in Japan, each meal used numerous small dishes. In this particular one presented by the hostess, the bowls came out from the stacking drawers of the box. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Island touring in Japan- Miyajima

Oysters are the speciality on the island, and I'll take them grilled, fried or raw. 
Shinto shrine

Hiroshima in photos

Children's Peace Memorial

School children add a paper crane chain to the memorial based in the story, "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" 

A survivor of the A Bomb talks about what she remembers and was told by her family as a six-year old. 
The only remaining structure.
The bridge was the target of the A Bomb, but it missed by 200 feet and hit the building instead.