Hiroshima – Part 2

Part 2 of my Hiroshima trip. My visit to the Peace Museum was such an emotional experience, I felt it deserved it’s own post. Now here’s photos from the more silly & outdoors-y portion of the trip.

First off- SUMO! Yes! Sumo!

DSC_0013DSC_0006 DSC_0008 It did feel a little like watching big babies in nappies slap each other around. But holy cow these guys are FLEXIBLE and NIMBLE. And not just for their size.

Which is what you probably imagined… they’re big dudes.

DSC_0034DSC_0038We spent about 5000 yen for seats on the upper floor, which we preferred because we had actual seats. I’m still working on my Japanese “sitting for long periods without losing feeling in my legs” skills. The tournament started at 8am with the rookies and wrapped up at 3pm with the big kahunas battling last. Each fighter only fights once. Each match lasts about 1 minute with the actual fighting portion lasting around 10 seconds. The rest of the time is filled with preparation & ceremony. Japanese people sure love traditions & routines.

Champion being presented with his white champion belt.

Champion being presented with his white champion belt.

Next up- Miyajima!

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People place coin offerings at the base of gate during low tide. When the tide comes in, the coins are swept into the water & sand.

There are many deer on the island. They’re mostly friendly but the will poke their nose in your bag looking for food. This adorable little boy is feeding them boiled chestnuts. 

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A beautiful island near Hiroshima. We took the JR Sanyo line to Miyajimaguchi Station which took about 25 min and cost around 410 yen one way. From there we hopped on a 10 min ferry ride which cost 360 yen roundtrip.

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And last but not least- FOOD!

We had some amazing street foods while on Miyajima and had some DELICIOUS Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, a kind of fried Japanese pancake which had soba noodles, veggies, seafood, and pork.

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Really been making the most of my weekends here in Japan. It’s amazing all you can accomplish in a day if you go for it.

Can’t wait for Halloween this weekend. I’ve been doing Halloween lessons in my ES classes where I show up wearing a witch hat and the kids go bananas. Fighting off another cold but they keep me in good spirits.

Hope everyone is having a good week. Start making some fun plans for this weekend :)

K♥

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