Miyajima Island, which is accessible by ferry from Hiroshima, is one of the top most scenic spots in Japan. Home to Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site, this charming island is historically rich and romantic at the same time.
In Shinto, deers are thought to be sacred animals as they were messengers of the gods. On the island, the deers wander freely and are very friendly towards people.
The evening atmosphere at Miyajima was just what we needed to rest our aching feet after all the walking we had been doing. We sat on a rock next to each other quietly and watched the sun set before us. It was brilliant and definitely a good way to end the day after learning Hiroshima’s tragic past.
While it’s easy to be disturbed and depressed over the past and be angry over the fact that innocent lives were lost, I reckon it is also important to respect the fighting spirit of Hiroshima. The city quickly rebuilt itself and people learnt to move on to face whatever the future had for them. It is with this mindset and spirit that I believe we can overcome the difficulties before us and come out as stronger individuals.
Unfortunately, we didn’t plan to stay for the night on Miyajima Island. It would have been a great experience for Daniel. I was fortunate to spend a night in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) in 2004 when I was there for a field trip. When we have the chance to visit Japan again, I’ll make sure we book a night in on this treasure island.
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