Captivating Kyoto

Leaving Hiroshima behind the next stop on our tour is the fascinating city of Kyoto. A heady mix of bustling modern city and hauntingly beautiful traditions. Before we even get into the city however I am distracted (it doesn’t take much TBH) with a selection of colourful magazines. Then a cute little shrine, festooned with moreContinue reading “Captivating Kyoto”

Last shrine scenes

Here’s some final pictures from the Daishoi-In Shrine on Miyajima island. This quirky little temple is chock a block with interesting sights. These little Buddhas demonstrate the concept of getting through life by ignoring everything! Within the shrine is a beautiful cave full of hundreds of lanterns. Henjokutsu Cave holds 88 principal Buddhist icons which are relatedContinue reading “Last shrine scenes”

Itsukushima Shrine

We’re carrying on our exploration of Miyajima Island now and we manage to wrangle an actual snap of us together! There’s a pretty little stretch of beach on the island that is completely empty except for us hardy Brits! Next up on our mooch is the pretty Itsukushima shrine where walkways seem to hover aboveContinue reading “Itsukushima Shrine”

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle (広島城 ) was built in the 1590s, but was destroyed by the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. It was rebuilt in 1958 and now serves as a museum of Hiroshima’s history before World War II. Mōri Terumoto, one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s council of Five Elders, built the castle between 1589 and 1599. It was locatedContinue reading “Hiroshima Castle”

Hiroshima by night

AKA endless shopping pictures from the mecca of department stores – Don Quijote. Night falls in Hiroshima and casts new shadows on the brooding A dome. Still ominous and dominating the riverside vista after 70 years. But the horrors of history are not the whole story of Hiroshima, it’s vibrant and bustling with a neon nightContinue reading “Hiroshima by night”