Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Miyajima Misen, Daisho-in Temple

Australia Day Monday the 26th Jan we all braved the rainy weather and took the ferry across to Miyajima Island, the rain was steady all day, slightly cold, but we were all determined to maximise our sight seeing efforts on what this island has to offer. The deer roam freely on this island and are very friendly.  The ferry below was our lift across to the island, this ferry ride was also included in our JR. a Pass.

Not a great photo of the temple gates with the rain, but an amazing site, Miyajima has been voted one of three most beautiful scenic spots in Japan. the temple gates are made of camphor wood.
A local getting shelter from the rain.
Just love these little hedgehog creatures.
You could get a rickshaw to the top, instead of climbing the 90 mins, cable car can get you down,only   7000 yen.
The shopping streets
The temple gates, as you can observe, wet and slightly cold.
The temples built over the water.
Amazing hexagons everywhere, not sure what this symbols means, appears to something spiritual, as they were all over the place.
A rounded bridge, hard to walk on, note the tide coming in, it did not take long before it was filled with water.
Mizo Bosatsu who wear red bibs, this depicts parents who have lost children and take good care of Jizo images as though these are their lost children. Usually these statues are Buddhist monks.
Some sashiko?
More sashiko, not really this is gold dots, very similar to sashiko.
We left Hirsohima to travel to Kyoto on Tuesday, some of the wonderful window dressing in Kyoto shopping precinct.
We visited the Golden palace
This is our last day with Chris, she will be travelling home on Wednesday.
Our last night dinner in the Gino district of Kyoto at Ultra Chop restaurant.
A very enjoyable antipasto shared.
Lamb cutlets from NZ.
Seafood Pasta
Chop curry.
Another visit to Yuzawaya and more great fabric bought.

We leave Chris and Kyoto , off to Osaka and Universal studios.

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