Adventures of an American Abroad: Debbie in Japan

Debbie arrived safely at Hiroshima airport on Friday evening, very glad to be on terra firma after her 24 hour journey. This is her first time to travel overseas! We are delighted that she made the trip to see us!

Hiroshima Airport

Hiroshima Airport

On Saturday we all visited the Itsukushima Shrine on the island of Miyajima. We enjoyed strolling around the shrine and temple and sampling the many foods along the main street.

Inside the shrine with the torii in the background

Inside the shrine with the torii in the background

 

Getting a closer look!

Getting a closer look!

This shrine is unique as the torii gate is in the middle of the ocean. we were lucky to arrive at very low tide and walk out to actually touch the gate. We saw many coins on the ocean floor and stuck to the pillars. People who pass under the gate in a boat throw a coin and make a wish!

Debbie eats a fried Momiji-manju

Debbie eats a fried Momiji-manju

One of the newer treat we tried was a fried sweet cake filled with custard! This has become very popular in the last year or so. For lunch we had the famous Hiroshima pizza-like treat called okonomiyaki.

Eating seafood okonomiyaki

Eating seafood okonomiyaki

Finally she and HIroo had a freshly grilled oyster in the shell, another of HIroshima’s specialties!

Hiroshima is famous for oysters!

Hiroshima is famous for oysters!

On Sunday Hiroo drove us into Hiroshima city and left us off in front of the Peace Park museum. We went through the exhibit and learned about the devastation and human cost of the atomic bomb.

Debbie and I in front of the Atomic Dome

Debbie and I in front of the Atomic Dome

 

Debbie was especially interested in seeing the “thousand cranes” that many school children fold from origami in memory of Sadako, a 12 year old girl who died of leukemia after being exposed to the “back rain” that fell after the bomb. This memorial was erected to pray for the repose of all children who died int he bombing.

The Thousand Cranes

The Thousand Cranes

On the sale table!

On the sale table!

From there, we walked to the Sogo department store where we enjoyed just looking at things. We met Yoko Ichimaru from Hokkaido who was selling the dresses she has made from old kimono silk!

We meet a friendly craftswoman at the department store!

We meet a friendly craftswoman at the department store!

From there we caught the bus home and still had time for a nap before dinner that HIroo cooked for us! Debbie is still suffering form jet lag but she took a walk around our neighborhood this morning! She is interested to see the kids in their uniforms on their way to school!

Trying on hats in a small gallery!

Trying on hats in a small gallery!

Yesterday we had udon at Seiko’s house and saw some of her patchwork! Thank you for your hospitality, Seiko!

Udon at Seiko's

Udon at Seiko’s

Debbie and Seiko

Debbie and Seiko

We are having a great time and plan to go to Kyoto on Thursday and Friday!Look for more of Deb’s adventures on this page soon! (to be continued…)

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