Thursday has arrived, and it’s time for TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY. Since last week most of us have been caught up in the tragic earthquake in Japan. I actually learned about the quake on Saturday morning. I opened my email and had a message from my niece in Canada saying that they had heard about the quake, and was I okay. My immediate reaction was what quake, and I went searching on the Internet. My satellite TV was still out, so I couldn’t check BBC or CNN. You could have blown me over with a feather. Of course, now here in Korea a lot of us are wondering how the nuclear disaster will affect us here. I was talking to a Korean friend, and he says that the government is saying there is no need to worry. Time will tell. My thoughts are with the people of Japan during this tragic time.
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I traveled in Japan last summer and loved every moment. One of my favorite places was Miyajima Island, an easy day trip from Hiroshima. My photo this is week is The Great Torii (Shinto gate, the sea entrance to Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima. The Torii is a symbol that the entire island is sacred. You won’t find any maternity wards, or cemeteries here. Giving birth or dieing is not permitted on the island. A Torii has looked over the island since the 12th century. The current 50 foot (16m) Torii was built in 1875.
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A train from Hiroshima Station and a short ferry ride will deposit you on this gem of an island in a little over an hour. Getting there will not break your budget. I bought an all inclusive ticket for well under 1000yen. There is nothing else to buy, except lunch. Of course, if you’re a shopper you might find a trinket or two in the souvenir shops. This is a great day trip for any budget traveler.
You can check out this site to learn more about this beautiful island.