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New Year's at Miyajima

Written on: Sunday January 31st, 2010

A journal entry from: Japan

I've already visited Miyajima (near Hiroshima), two years ago. I went on a rainy, grey morning, but it was still good. Miyajima is famous in Japan as a scenic spot because of the "floating" tori shrine gates, which sit off-shore, and, as you would expect, "float" in the water at high tide. (It's weighted with rocks to keep it down and stable, rather than being fixed to the shore bed.)

 

I came on New Year's Eve because I wanted to see the "Chinkasai" fire festival. It was great fun to watch. It finished fairly early in the evening, though, so I went for dinner and returned to wait for midnight. Miyajima is actually a complex of several shrines and temples. I went to one of the temples first for the ringing of the temple bell at midnight, then walked around the various buildings, and of course got some of the the food from the stalls. Oysters are one of Miyajima and Hiroshima's speciality foods, so there were a lot of different oyster concoctions available. I tried oysters grilled BBQ-style. Simple, plain, delicious.

 

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