May 17: Itsukushima Shrine, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Awakened to a beautiful sunny day. We Took the bullet train at 180 MPH to Hiroshima and transferred to Miyajima Island by ferry. Mijajima is a Shinto sacred island where there are allowed no deaths or births – both permitted only off island. We saw the floating Torii Gate of the Itsukushima Shrine, appearing to float only with high tide.   The wooden uprights of this and other gates shown below are solid cedar wood and very old. Following this, we returned to the mainland and visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.   Deeply moving.

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