Friday, April 8, 2016

Day 6- Hiroshima, Japan

We spent the morning visiting the Hiroshima peace garden and museum.  









This is a memorial to honor the the children who died.  In particular, it was inspired by a little girl named Sadako who developed Leukemia as a result of the radiation.  She began folding paper cranes when she fell ill, her goal was to fold 1,000 paper cranes so that she could get well. 
To this day, people still fold paper cranes and mail them to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Sadako's memory.

This afternoon for lunch we had a very authentic meal that is local to Hiroshima called Okonomiyaki.  
I must say, I enjoyed watching the process of making the meal.









I must say that I am a pretty picky eater, but I definitely at this entire pile of food.  Yummo.
Soooo, there were tons of deer everywhere.  They would come right up to people.



This deer figured out how to open this automatic door.  The man who owned the store came stopped him and offered him some lettuce.  I am guessing that the deer figured out that opening this door equals food.


This floating Torii Gate was amazing.  Unfortunately it was low tide when I visited, but it was still beautiful.  
When it is high tide, the temple appears to be floating on water.  



Love Always,

Meg

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Day 5 Naoshima, Japan

I am not going to lie, it was pouring out when we visited Naoshima.  I spent the majority of the day trying to keep my camera as dry as possible.  Thankfully I got some good pictures anyway.  



















Love Always,

Meg

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Day 4 Kyoto, Japan

We started the day in Nijo castle, I happen to love castles and the cherry blossoms were fantastic.  




I was fascinated to see so many different species of cherry blossoms.  


These floor boards were made to squeak when people walked on them, as an early alarm system.  









Then we traveled to Heian Jingu Shrine.  


I wish I had visited this shrine on day one, the cherry blossoms had already started to fade when I visited.  That being said, this garden was wonderful.






This walkway was closed, so I was not able to walk across...but it was gorgeous none the less.








This was the most beautiful garden that we saw, throughout the trip.  


I couldn't end a day with Cherry Blossoms, without a bride picture.  :  )

Love Always,

Meg