Bambi and Baboons | Miyajima Island, Japan

We liked Miyajima Island so much, we went twice. Plus the hour long street car ride from Hiroshima is perfect for recovering from adventures, people watching and being in air conditioner. Known for the numerous deer that like to be your friends, one famous gate and a beautiful view from a top the mountain, this place reminded me once again how incredible this country is.

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The sweet little guy

The sweet little guy

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Ohtorii Gate in front of the Itsukushima Shrine

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The first day we made it when the tide was low, so we were able to take pics right by it. We came earlier on day two, so tide was high and it looked so pretty floating on the water!

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One more of the traveling trio

One more of the traveling trio





Then we took these to the top of Mt. Misen and guess what? Beautiful! We didn’t really know where we were headed, so there were surprises left and right!

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Sometimes the ride was a bit shaky...

Sometimes the ride was a bit shaky…

Beautiful view!

Beautiful view!

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On our way back to the ferry we thought we’d skip the bus and walk back down ourselves. We missed the turn (obviously) ;) , so we ended up having an added nature walk as part of our adventure. This was where we spotted a baboon. I froze, slightly panicked and then began prepping my ninja moves. Why you ask? I mean, have you searched baboons on YouTube?? Once I was convinced my life was no longer in danger, I added that to the list of cool things I’ve seen in Japan.

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Okonomiyaki is a dish this part of Japan is known for and even though I really had no idea what was gonna happen, I dove right in. Mom and Dad you can add that to moments I’ve made you proud. It was tasty too, so thanks Japan for the food adventure!

Oh and if you’re ever eating at the Spanish-inspired restaurant by the train station in Hiroshima, “cheese fries” aren’t fries covered in cheese, but rather fried cheese balls. That’s our free lost-in-translation lesson for you ;) .

August 6th, 1945 at 8:15 a.m. | Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m., an American B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb used against humankind exploded about 600 meters above Shima Hospital in Saiku-machi, utterly destroying all people and property below it.

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Among the burned ruins stood the skeletal of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (now the A-bomb Dome), a grim reminder of what had been (*info taken from plaques around the A-bomb Dome).

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Because the blast struck almost directly above, some of the center walls remained standing, leaving enough of the building and iron frame to be recognizable as a dome.

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The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. By December 1945, over 140,000 people died as a result of the bomb.

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Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.”

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“I fought with myself for 30 minutes before I could take the first picture. After taking the first, I grew strangely calm and wanted to get closer. I took about ten steps forward and tried to snap another, but the scenes I saw were so gruesome my viewfinder clouded with tears.” Yoshito Matsushige

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The children’s memorial
“これはぼくらの叫びです これは私たちの祈りです 世界に平和をきずくための”

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“Kore wa bokura no sakebi desu. Kore wa watashitachi no inori desu. Sekai ni heiwa o kizuku tame no.”

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“This is our cry, this is our prayer: for building peace in the world.”

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“Let all the souls here rest in peace for we shall not repeat the evil.”
This monument embodies the hope that Hiroshima, devastated on 6 August 1945 by the world’s first atomic bombing, will stand forever as a city of peace. The stone chamber in the center contains the Register of Deceased A-bomb Victims. The inscription on the front panel offers a prayer of peaceful repose of the victims and a pledge on behalf of all humanity never to repeat the evil of war. It expresses the spirit of Hiroshima – enduring grief, transcending hatred, pursuing harmony and prosperity for all, and yearning for genuine, lasting world peace.

Lord, may your peace reign.

Another Day, Another Adventure | Kyoto, Japan

Hello friends! Thanks for joining me on adventures :) !! Day two in Kyoto included conquering the beastly heat, seeing the oldest temple in Kyoto and exploring Gion. Just so you know, the day included a nap too – I know, we’re pretty awesome!

Kiyomizu Temple is the oldest and most visited temple in Kyoto. It’s made only of wood and they didn’t use a single nail. Wha?? I really would like to have seen it being built. I mean, I can barely get legos together. So yeah – pretty awesome. It’s more than just a tourist place too. Many people make the trek to worship.

I think I might need to come back in the fall – I can only imagine how gorgeous it is!

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People will pay for holy water throughout the temple.

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No nails people. No nails!

As we walked the streets of the Gion district, there was so much to take in. Whether there were random shrines, cranes or people bustling through the streets, there was always something to see.

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And here’s one of the two amazing ladies I get to explore with. And yes, every picture we are glistening ;) .

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So anyone want to pay me to travel and take pictures yet? Anyone???

A Little Piece of Kyoto, Japan

What a city, what a country! The history and tales of Japan are both fascinating and intriguing. Whenever I’m outside of America, learning of another culture, I’m blown away by how old things are. Like our country wasn’t even a twinkle of a twinkle of a twinkle in England’s eye compared to Japan’s history. But before y’all turn away because of my history nerdiness, here’s some pics and tales of Kyoto adventures.

First thing you must know about Japan is they ain’t playin’ when it comes to heat or humidity. Yes, I live in the great state of Texas…but I don’t stand outside all day in the summer heat, so walking around a city, climbing hills and catching buses = the three of us looking like we ran a marathon. I didn’t know I could sweat so much folks. But I promise I’m not complaining, this trip is amazing!

These are from the Arashiyama area of Kyoto, home to the bamboo forest and other pretty sights.

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A lot of students came up to us (apparently we scream American) and asked us a few questions to help them learn English. It was fun. ;)

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The Golden Pavilion – what a sight! It’s surreal I got to see this in person, it really is stunning. The Kinkakuji Temple is gold plated and looks so beautiful against the green backdrop.

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Before heading back we stopped by the Imperial Palace and apparently they didn’t get the memo that the three of us were in town because it was closed. Um..rude!

I kid folks. I kid!! I guess you have to sign up beforehand. Details. Details. And here I thought the Lapeyrolerie name carried more weight. I’ll chat with the Emperor soon on that one.

But instead of seeing the Imperial Palace it started pouring rain. Y’all we could not stop laughing.

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This is when we decided to make a run for it after the rain stopped.

Internet, I’m not sure how much longer Japan can handle this crew!

So speaking of travels, where’s a place you’ve been and love??

Jet Lag and Hilarity in Japan

Since jet lag is still hanging out and we’re up before things open, what better thing to do then blog? So here’s a few iPhone pics of the adventures so far! We’re in Kyoto for the next few days and I know it’ll be amazing. The history of this place is incredible (Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years) and I can’t wait to explore!

photo-7My first Japanese sunset on the way to Nagoya from Tokyo.

japan-2013Erin and I arrived after (for me) about 26 hours of travel. It was so nice to have the three flights finished!

hamamatsu-japanKicking it off immersing ourselves in the culture ;)

hamamatsu-japan-bullet-trainThe Bullet Trains and insane! When one flew by as we were waiting for ours, it came by so fast and loud, it scared the McDonald’s out of me.

kyoto-japanOur hotel was only 10 minutes from the station, but it may have taken us an hour and a half to find though. What! What!

kyoto-japanThis is the prefect picture of how we felt while sweating our faces off searching for our place ;)

cafe-du-monde-kyoto-japanI almost passed out when I saw they had a Cafe du Monde in Kyoto!!

kyoto-japanThe photo booths in Japan are hil.a.r.ious. They made our eyes huge! We could not stop laughing!

Alright internet, thanks for sharing in the hilarious journey so far!

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