A Quiet Day, Today

Today I’m having a rest. I’ve been out and about a lot and needed to attend to essentials, like getting some laundry done.

Still on my bucket list to do

  • Visit Kyoto – Sunday
  • The Inland Sea – Thursday
  • Mitaki Temple – Friday
  • Night Photograpy – Saturday

That leaves Monday before I fly home. Probably a bit of a shopping day, before starting to pack.

So no photography today apart from this little gem I found on my travels over the last week

A bit blurred but you get the idea…..

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Just Another Castle

After leaving the bridge we walked through the town stopping along the way to admire some traditional Japanese houses and have a chat with the locals. I don’t speak Japanese but a few spoke English, could be something to do with a large US base nearby.

Anyway our plan was to ascend the mountain to visit Iwakuni Castle. Not as hard as it seems. You can buy a round trip ticket which lets you cross the bridge, yes you pay to go across, then catch the cable car, followed by a 300 metre walk up the mountain. All very pleasant and it was a lot cooler on top of the hill walking through the forest.

The original Castle was constructed from 1601 to 1608 but was later taken down under the “one castle per province” order issued by the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1615.

The building we see today is just a replica of the castle tower and is a museum.

Kintai Bridge

The planned trip to Kyoto has been put off until the weekend. With temperatures hitting 30 degrees it seemed prudent to put off the trip until later. It’s no fun lugging camera gear around what would be a hot and oppressive city.

So today it was 29 degrees but we headed to Iwakuni and the Kintai Bridge.

The bridge is wooden arched and of historical importance. The first bridge was built in 1673 and had 5 wooden arches spanning the Nishiki River. It remained intact until washed away in a flood from typhoon Kijia in 1950.

It wasn’t until 1953 that work started to rebuild the bridge with construction being very similar to the original bridge.

Finally, between 2001-2004 all five bridge girders were restored.

Economy Yaki

I feel such a fool. Remember I mentioned the kids in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Well they asked me what Japanese food I liked and having eaten some Economy Yaki the night I arrived in Hiroshima, that’s what I said. No wonder they were laughing. I got it totally wrong, it’s Okonomiyaki.

It’s a sort of savoury pancake with a variety of ingredients and the name comes from okonomi, meaning “what you like” and yaki meaning “grill”.

It’s a speciality of the Kansai and Hiroshima areas of Japan, but they can be found all over the country.

It’s not fast food like Mickee Dees. Each one of these “pancakes” is lovingly put together with flourish and skill, and from starting to me actually eating takes about 20 – 25 minutes.

A Sea Of Red

Continuing my strive for Japanese culture I managed to get tickets for the baseball. A home game for Hiroshima Carps. Baseball is big in Japan and each game is a sellout for the Carps

That little splash of yellow are fans from Hanshin Tigers.

What a pity the game had to be postponed. After the glorious last few days of sun I woke up this morning to light rain which just got heavier and heavier.

At first the start was delayed for an hour but it was obvious to me when I saw the tv cameras packing up there wasn’t going to be a game. But I just had to check and luckily I found someone who spoke English who confirmed the match had been postponed.