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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!