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When most people visit Miyajima, there are there to see one thing: the great torii in the sea. However, Miyajima has a few other attractions worth visiting while you’re there, and are easy to all fit within a single day trip to the island. When I first went to Miyajima, I was a little skeptical as to whether I would spend an entire day there, but I was surprised to see there was actually a lot to do there. Since it is often nice...

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While many people may not recognize the name of Miyajima (宮島), they would probably recognize images of the famous “floating torii” there. Located off the coast of Hiroshima, Miyajima sees millions of local and foreign tourists each year. Majority are visiting via an easy ferry ride from Hiroshima to see this postcard-perfect torii in the middle of the sea. This bright vermillion gate, whose color is said to keep evil...

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‘Miyajima’, literally the islet of the shrine, has been regarded as the object of worship, therefore it is said that the islanders neither observe funeral services nor construct their tombs within the islet for the sake of avoiding the impurity of death. ‘Itsukushima’ Shrine is built in the ‘shinden-zukuri’ style, an architectural style for dwellings of nobilities in Kyoto in the 10 th century. This...

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The first nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima City took approximately 80,000 precious lives in a moment and the number of the deceased had increased by tens of thousands mainly by the radiation damage till the end of the year. In the heart of Hiroshima, whose population was around 350,000, stood roof by roof the small wooden houses, accordingly these structures were completely destroyed and reduced to ashes only for ten hours. The ruins...

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‘Sori-bashi’ means a bridge which has an arched appearance. This bridge in the picture is the oldest and the largest one among many of this kind in Japan’s shrine grounds, thus it is on the list of important cultural properties. Although the picture was taken at the time of low tide, the bridge looks like spanning over a quiet pond when the tide is full. This idea was adopted to early-modern Japanese gardens like...

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In Kure City, near Hiroshima City, there stood Japan’s largest naval arsenal before the end of the Second World War. Among many battleships produced here, ‘Yamato’ was the largest in the world in those days and cutting-edge technology was poured into it, however the greatest ship sunk under the fierce attack of the US Navy and Air Force on the way from here to Okinawa. This museum features a one-tenth of scale model...

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