Oh What A Beautiful Morning

Another iPhone photograph. I woke up at “dark o’clock”, the birds are singing and what an amazing sunrise.


Shukkei-en Garden

After the overcrowded gardens of Kyoto it was really nice to visit somewhere peaceful and quiet, yet right in the heart of the city of Hiroshima.

Shukkei-en Garden has a history dating back to 1620 when an expert in the construction of Japanese gardens was brought in from Kyoto by the seventh lord of the Hiroshima Han.

The lake in the garden is full of Carp and you can buy food to feed them for a very modest fee.

So that’s it. My final one photograph post from Japan. Tomorrow I take the Shinkansen to Hakata and the airport before flying to Hong Kong.

It’s been fun writing these posts whilst I’ve been in Japan and I hope you have enjoyed them.

I’ve crammed so much into this trip so look out for more posts about Japan with lots of photographs, once I’ve recovered from the jet lag.

Big In Japan

Today finds me on the inland sea. I’m on the ferry from Matsuyama back to Hiroshima, a trip of about 2 hours 40 minutes. About is the wrong word to use in Japan when it comes to official times. If they say 2h 40m that’s exactly what they mean.

Anyway it’s big, the Royal Wedding, I thought I’d get away from it by visiting Japan, but no chance.

It’s there, on the telly, in the ships lounge. Oh! Woe is me.

Well I’m nearly at the end of my time in Japan with only a few things left to do on my bucket list. Tomorrow it’s an early start. I’m catching the 7:15 train to Kyoto for a day full of photography. Then one day left to finish anything I’ve missed in Hiroshima, which takes me to Tuesday and my flight to Manchester via Hong Kong, finally getting home on Wednesday.

It’s been fun doing these one photograph posts using my iPhone and the WordPress app. So like out for my final few posts beginning with Kyoto tomorrow.

Fukuya Department Store

The plaque you can see in the photograph shows the store after the A Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

That’s the store today on the opposite side of the road.

The inscription says that the store was approximately 710 metres from the blast centre but it’s construction of steel rods and reinforced concrete meant that it fared better than other buildings in the area.

However it was only the framework that survived. Everything inside the building was destroyed by the shockwave, intense heat and subsequent fires from the Atomic Bomb.

Mitaki Temple

OK! So it’s hot an oppressive in the city. 29 degrees, the humidity is about 75% and rising because we have had a weather warning for severe thunderstorms tonight. This morning I went to Mitaki Temple, but it’s not just a Temple. There are sprawling landscaped gardens and buildings nestled in woodland up the hillside. It’s a bit of a climb to the top but well worth it as it’s a photographers paradise. Little waterfalls, ponds, dappled light through the forest. You get the picture. Well you don’t as I’m going to show you this building instead.

It’s the Tahoto two storey pagoda dating back to the Muromachi period (1392-1573). The pagoda was relocated from Wakayama Prefecture in 1951 to console the souls of the A Bomb victims.

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…..

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.