Archive | July, 2013

Miyajima: Itsukushima Shrine

30 Jul

Welcome back, everyone! Piggletino would like to show you the giant torii gate set out in the Seto Inland Sea, up-close!

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They say at high tide, the gate will look like it is afloat in the waters. Too bad Piggletino didn’t get a picture of it this time!

Today we visit theĀ Itsukushima Shrine which looks out to the sea. The shrine has several wooden plank walkways and is designed to look like a pier.

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After visiting the Shrine, Piggletino chanced upon a long flight of steps upwards and decided to explore:

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See, the scout was so slow that Piggletino was so far ahead! This strong little pig made his way all the way up to the Senjokaku Hall, which literally translates to ‘the Pavilion of 1000 mats’. The hall has no ceilings or entrance; as it turns out, it was unfinished following the death of its commissioner, Hideyoshi.

Directly adjacent to the hall was the 5-storied Pagoda…

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There are many other walking trails around the island but Piggletino was so exhausted from the blazing sun. Looks like we’ll have to come back to visit this quaint little island another time in the near future! (EXCUSES THE LITTLE PIG MAKES TO GET MORE TRIPS!! šŸ˜‰ )

Making it to Miyajima!

25 Jul

Look, a ferry…

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…and a Piggletino!

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Welcome, everybody! Piggletino has decided to be the tour-guide for everyone reading this post šŸ™‚ Live commentary from the pig himself!
Today we head towards Miyajima Island, approximately 10 minutes by Ferry away from Hiroshima. The term ‘Miyajima’ means ‘Shrine Island’, and we’re here to see the giant torii gate!

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Remember when the silly scout was trying to figure out the story behind the torii gate? How very silly – there’s a giant one appearing to float on the water! And the torii gate is a traditional Japanese gate that marks the entrance of a Shinto Shrine.

Here, we arrive at Miyajima Island –
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… (Piggletino is sitting on a map of the island) where wild deers stay! But please don’t feed them!
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Now that we’ve arrived, let’s take a short break before we continue to walk on! Don’t wander too far off from Piggletino!

Heading towards Hiroshima

23 Jul

Rise and Shine! Piggletino got up early and hopped onto this:

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Looks like a plane? No, no! This is theĀ Shinkansen, Japan’s Bullet Train that can take you from one city to the next within a matter of hours! Look! It’s great!

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Piggletino, of course, wouldn’t be concerned about flight or train; except when he is on the train, he gets a little more scenery!

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Today, Piggletino heads towards Hiroshima. In 1945 when the A-Bomb arrived in Hiroshima, many believed that the city would no longer be habitable. Much reconstruction and effort was made; today it is host to a large park that sits in the centre of the city: the Peace Memorial Park.

Piggletino’s scout wandered off to read about its history and the aspirations of the city, and an interesting sight came about. The A-Bomb dome in the picture below is one of the few buildings that remain standing from the explosion. Much of the wall shows hints of the attack, and today it continues to stand as a link to the past of Hiroshima.

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Piggletino wasn’t ready for such heavy stuff, so he went a-hiding!

Osaka-jo – the Castle

18 Jul

Piggletino is impressed with the train network in Osaka!Ā The Osaka Station (大é˜Ŗ城) is easily accessible by local trains.

Stopping at Osakajokoen Station, Piggletino had a leisurely stroll towards the Osaka Castle. Look at these beautiful flowers within the Castle Grounds!Piggletino195

It takes about 15minutes to walk from the station the main castle keep. (But Piggletino took so long because he had to stop to take photos everywhere he went!) Along the way, Piggletino saw the moat, gardens and forts… here’s the bridge towards the Castle!

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And finally Piggletino has arrived at the Castle!

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Free and easy for everyone, go have some fun! Piggletino’s scout heads into the Castle’s Museum to learn about its past, while Piggletino takes a break here!

Onward to Osaka!

16 Jul

Hello, Osaka!

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Piggletino hopped off the plane and very quickly took a front seat on the special Kansai Airport Rapid Service from a station that is connected to the Kansai Airport, towards Osaka Train Station. Ah, bright and sunny Japan, Piggletino expects to take lots and lots of photos on this trip!