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Pictures from our September 2007 trip to Miyajima Island, near Hiroshima

Finding a Rainy 25-Year-Old Memory on Miyajima Island

During past weekend's trip to Miyajima Island, the impending typhoon brought back memories of my first trip to the island, in 1989 after having been in Japan for only a month. A friend at work (Andy Krantz) had a nice trip planned for the week-long Obon holidays the country takes every August, and kindly invited me along. On this trip we stopped by Miyajima Island, which I knew nothing about (at the time I knew nothing about Japan except Perl Harbor and Sony).

On that visit I certainly would have seen the famous shrine gate, but I don't remember it [...]

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Bland Pre-Typhoon Views of the Sky from Kyoto to Hiroshima, at 300kph

As I mentioned yesterday, with a typhoon expected to reach the main island of Japan on Monday, we make a quick Saturday/Sunday trip south to Hiroshima and Miyajima. The approaching typhoon made for an interesting sky, with a very high cloud ceiling, in different patterns.

Photos of the sky from the train window are pretty bland, but perhaps of interest to someone who has never been to Japan.


In the split second after we came out of a tunnel, the GPS unit was confused about the speed. It quickly returned to 300kph.

After a lunch (that will eventually be [...]

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Pre-Typhoon Low-Tide View of the Itsukushima Shrine Gate at Sunset

We popped down to Hiroshima this weekend, and spent the night in Miyajima, near the Itsukushima Shrine. A typhoon is coming, so last night's sunset was not too shabby.


The shrine is notable for being in a tidal plane with a huge difference between high and low tides (the difference yesterday morning was 3.41m -- more than 11 feet), so the look and feel of the area changes dramatically throughout the day. It's prettier when the water is up, but it's more interesting when the tide is out because you can walk around out past the gate.

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The Richness of Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine at Dusk

The other day in "Getting Back Out with the Camera a Bit" I mentioned that I stopped by the famous Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) on Miyajima Island (a bit south of Hiroshima, Japan). I arrived at sunset on a gloomy day that was already dark, and stayed for just half an hour.

Deer roam the area freely, and are quite docile. This is in stark contrast to Nara, where the deer are extremely aggressive, taking your food right out of your hand or shopping bag if you're not quick enough to protect it. I should write up a post about that.

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Getting Back Out with the Camera a Bit

I'm still overwhelmingly steeped in Lightroom plugin development of late, but did get out with the camera a few times over the weekend. On Friday I met some friends visiting Kyoto, and in the shot above one is taking a photo of a stuffed bunny at the Heian Shrine (平安神 宮), as part of a project for a friend's daughter, showing the bunny in various situations around Japan.

Over Saturday and Sunday, I took a family trip to Iwakuni in western Japan to visit some relatives, and as part of the trip stopped by Miyajima Island (宮島) and its famous [...]

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Random Pictures from Around Japan

Today's post is an essentially-random collection of pictures.

A view of Mt. Fuji, taken with my point-n-shoot from the window of a shinkansen (bullet train) traveling at about 250kph. This was from a trip about a year ago to Tokyo to see Kousuke Atari in concert.

A point of trivia: I believe the river you can see in the background is an electrical dividing line: household current to the east of the river (Tokyo, Nagano, Sapporo...) is 50Hz, while that to the west (Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Amami....) is 60Hz. The difference matters less with modern equipment, but old clocks [...]

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The Beauty of a Weathered Shrine Roof

I've mentioned recently how much I love the natural roofs of many temples and shrines, having noted it in recent posts about the Fushimi Inari Shrine and about the Kiyomizu Temple. The roof above, like the roofs cited in those posts, are made of many layers of thin sheets of what I assume is wood. Such a roof, over time, slowly breaks down and returns to nature.

Here's a relatively new one, as evidenced by the sharp shadows showing that the individual sheets of wood are still easily distinguishable as, well, individual sheets of wood....

It's not so new that [...]

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Itsukushima Shrine at Low Tide

In my previous post on our trip to Miyajima near Hiroshima, Japan, I showed the main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島) at low tide. This time I have a few pictures of the shrine itself at low tide.

The shrine is mostly over piers above water (high tide) or mud (low tide), and I should start of by noting that it's much more picturesque when over water (as in the shot at the start of my first post from the trip). To me, today's pictures are more "interesting" than "pretty," and are probably neither to anyone else, but it's [...]

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Miyajima at Low Tide

As I earlier posted from our trip to Miyajima an island near Hiroshima, Japan, one of the main photographic attractions is the large main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島). It's off the coast in the intertidal zone, so when the tide is in, it's in the water and really pretty. There's a nice daytime shot of it at high tide at the end of this post, and on another post, some night shots.

Perhaps it's just the geek in me, but I think there's a certain interest to it even at low tide. I like to see how things [...]

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Five-Storied Pagoda on Miyajima

One of the landmarks on Miyajima, Japan, besides the main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島), is a five-story tall pagoda called, unimaginatively enough, "five-storied Pagoda" (In Japanese: 五重塔, gojyuunodou).

There are a number of large pagodas on the island, but this particular one is centrally located on relatively high ground, so it gets all the glory. You could see it in the background of the "Side View" photo on a recent post.

We didn't actually pay it a visit, but passed by enough that I ended up with plenty of pictures with it. Here it's sort of peeking out [...]

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Miyajima: Approach, Path, and Gates

More pictures from our short trip to Miyajima Island, Japan two weeks ago.

The view above, taken on the ferry ride over, doesn't show much detail, but does show the relative positions of a few landmarks, including the famous main gate of the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島) almost a mile away, the smaller stone gate for the foot path to the shrine, and our hotel. (Mouseover the bold words in this paragraph to see the items highlighted in the photo.)

You can also see Mt. Misen in the center, which I posted about recently.

As you get a bit closer (and [...]

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Why I Shoot Raw: Recovering From Disasters

While taking long exposure night shots of Itsukushima Shrine's Gate (厳島神社、宮島) in Miyajima, the brilliant illumination was turned off, and the area became quite dark. I thought I'd give it a try with the lights off, but as you can see above, my one attempt came out completely dark. Since it was late, I didn't want to spend the time trying again for a more reasonable exposure, so we packed up and returned to the hotel.

When I got home and loaded all the images into Lightroom, I intended to delete this one along with all the other rejects. More [...]

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Main Gate of the Itsukushima Shrine, at Night

I mentioned in my post about the Kousuke Atari concert in Miyajima that the shrine (Itsukushima Shrine) had a big, famous gate (as many shrines tend to have, including the one near me).

After the concert, we walked around a bit taking pictures (actually running into the singer at one point, but that's for a different post), and I liked this guy sitting at the edge of the water.

I didn't have much time before the concert, but snapped this next picture from in front of our hotel just before we walked over.

The little lines of white dots to [...]

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Miyajima’s Mt. Misen

After having seen a concert on Sunday night in Miyajima, we stayed overnight and enjoyed the town the next day.

Miyajima is a very nice, quaint area that's been popular for tourists for over a thousand years, so I was surprised to find that it was not hyper-commercialized and disgustingly crowded. I'm sure it helped that we were there on a weekday, but in any case, it was clean, pleasant, and real. The bench scene that I posted yesterday tells a lot, I think.

Since Fumie's mom was looking after Anthony (thank you, thank you, thank you!), Fumie and I [...]

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Bench in Miyajima

The short path on Miyajima Island that fronts the ocean between the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社、宮島, where we saw Kousuke Atari in concert), and our hotel (Kinsuikan Inn -- 錦水館) was lined with benches and large stone lanterns.

Deer run wild over the whole island.

Continued here...

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Kousuke Atari in Concert, Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima Japan

As I mentioned yesterday, we went to Miyajima on Sunday to see Kousuke Atari (中孝介) in concert at the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社), a large complex almost completely over the water when the tide is in. In the picture above, which I took the morning after the concert when the tide was out, you can see the piers and such.

The concert was in the open air away from the building, on a little dais you can sort of see in the center of the picture.

Photography was not permitted during the concert, so I didn't bring my camera, but before [...]

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Back from Miyajima

Fumie and I just got back from an overnight trip to Miyajima (宮島, an island near Hiroshima), having seen pop singer Kousuke Atari (中孝介) in concert last night on the grounds of the famous Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社).

I say "on the grounds" figuratively, since the entire shine -- first built about 1,400 years ago, but having taken its present shape only 840 years ago -- is on piers over the water. Well, at least while the tide is in. The concert was held in the open, just on the other side of the center buildings in the picture above.

After [...]

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