Miyajima Island, {Mainland} Japan

Monday, August 27, 2012

From Iwakuni, we took a train North and hopped on a ferry to Miyajima Island, which is believed in the Japanese Shinto religion to be sacred. There are wild deer everywhere that freely roam the village streets and are also believed to be sacred. You can touch them {little kids were hugging them!} and walk around with them, and they come up to you and nuzzle your side. Because it's a sacred island in Japan, no one is allowed to be born there or die there...  It is a beautiful, mountainous island with the most darling streets and markets along the water. It's also home to one of the most famous sites in Japan - the floating Torii Gate. We loved spending the day in such a quaint place.
 {Local, fresh, grilled Oysters are sold on every little street}
The island's symbol is the Japanese Maple Leaf and you can buy Maple cookies throughout every street. We strolled around to the wafting, amazing smell of baking cookies. I of course chose the chocolate kind. I can hear you laughing, Pops!
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I apologize for not posting sooner - the typhoon knocked out our internet, but -- it's over! -- and the sun is thankfully starting to come back out.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

31 comments:

  1. Wonderful post ! The deer, that is amazing how they are just hanging around people! Great pics !
    Brooke

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  2. Beautiful pictures Amanda!

    Love having deers roaming around freely.

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  3. wow, wow, wow. and the deer, wow. just magical.

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  4. Great pictures. I find it hilariously awesome that deer just roam around everywhere! And let's talk about your dress.... GORGEOUS! Where is it from?

    xoxo

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  5. Aww, thanks, Michelle! It's actually a skirt and I got it from my fave little shop out here a couple months ago. Hope you're loving Hawaii life!! (: xo

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  6. I've been here! Did you take the gondola to the top? Great views! I was amazed how many deer there were just roaming around.

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  7. As usual, I am DYING over your pictures! So visually captivating. The deer photos are awesome, and your skirt is perfect!! I just kind of want to be you ;) haha xoxo

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  8. I discovered your blog yesterday and I absolutely love it!

    Amazing pictures in this post, love the deer strolling around so casually:)

    Lulu x

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  9. Ah! These photos are absolutely lovely. Miyajima was the one place in Japan that I really wanted to visit, but didn't have time for! However, is definitely in Jurg and I's top 5 list of possible honeymoon destinations so maybe I'll get to visit sooner than I thought! :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  10. Sorry... meant to say that Japan** is definitely in our top 5! ;)

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  11. OMG I WANT TO NUZZLE BAMBI!!

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  12. Look at all the bambi's!!! how amazing is that. i especially think that no one is allowed to be born there or die there is pretty incredible. you don't hear that every day.

    Glad you all were safe from the typhoon :)

    xo

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  13. Oh my gosh, how cute are those deer?!?!?!?!?!?!

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  14. Love your skirt. I must visit Japan. It is lovely.

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  15. Wow, how gorgeous! And I can't get over the sweet deer!

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  16. What happens if a super preggo lady comes to visit and she ends up going into labor??

    OR -- what if someone has a heart attack while admiring the deer and sadly, dies.

    Just sayin, Japan -- it doesn't seem plausible. Think about it.

    Otherwise -- I want to be nuzzled by a free-roaming deer. End of story.
    :) MISS YOU!!!!!! ~lanneybear

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  17. goodness, there is just too much loveliness for me to even handle this post! you are a brilliant artist my darlin and your pictures are just stunning. thank you for illuminating God's handiwork so beautifully...Japan is so gorgeous! (and of course, so are you!) love Katie

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  18. That picture of the deer eating from your hand is precious! I recently discovered your blog and I just love it. I'm a fellow Military spouse. :) You take BEAUTIFUL pictures!

    http://atallshipandastar.blogspot.com

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  19. Incredible pictures! I can't believe all the deer and how okay with people they are. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  20. this looks like such an amazing place! those deer are too cute.

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  21. The deer are soooo cute!!

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  22. I'll take wild deer any day over wild squirrel lol Have a great rest of the week!!

    XX

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  23. 1) Love the photos, per the usual.
    2) No one can be born or die there? Insanity. What happens when I come there and die of a heart attack from beautiful island overload. Or if I come and go into labor while petting Bambi? What then, sacred island?
    3) You are so pretty. I want that skirt. Figuring out how to get myself to Japan as we speak. ;)

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  24. Wow - what beautiful photos - love! Do you take all of these with the 50mm, because I am loving the look :)

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  25. the deer just wander around and COME UP TO YOU? all the deer i've known in my life are so skittish! crazy.

    and i like your dress/skirt thing!

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  26. the deer are amazing and your photos are, as always, beautiful!

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  27. umm i can't get past the deer part. like just roaming around. no problem. no biting anyone . no running away. AWESOME!

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  28. Thanks, Sheila! I didn't take the 50mm this time - it was all on my 18-200 lens.

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  29. Can't believe all those deer, crazy! Gorg photos as always!!

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  30. Hi Amanda! Wow- you have the most beautiful blog. Your pictures are gorgeous, your words inspiring and the adventures you and Cam are experiencing are amazing! I'm excited to be your newest follower.

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  31. Beautiful pictures! I absolutely love the deer. Such a serene, peaceful looking place.

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