One Last Trip Before We Go-Go

The clock is ticking down on our time here in Japan {sniff! sniff!} and with it will end the constant travel we have enjoyed so much.

However, we felt we would be remiss if we left Japan without visiting Hiroshima, and so this past weekend we hopped on the Shinkansen for one last trip.

shinkansen

We had especially interesting conversations with The Cuties connecting the dots between this trip and our very first trip upon moving to Japan where we visited Pearl Harbor.  The general consensus was war is extremely complicated and sad.  Amen.

We spent all day visiting the Peace Memorial Park and I spent some time alone in the Peace Memorial Museum {we tried with The Cuties, but it was understandably just too overwhelmingly horrifying for them so they went outside with their Dad who had been their years ago and I walked through on my own}.

I think this part of our trip really merits just photographs.

ABombDome

PeaceBell

papercranes

cenotaph

To break up the solemnity of the day, we also took a tour of the Mazda Factory.

Zoom! Zoom!

The most interesting part was observing the assembly line in action, but we were not allowed to take photographs due to industry confidentiality!

Sophzoom

I especially liked this one ~ there were only 1000 ever made!

Cosmozoon

The next day we took the ferry to Miyajima Island which may go down as one of my favorite places in all of Japan.

Wild deer roam freely on the island and will essentially beg for food and follow you around.  Little Cutie loved the fawns and we had an especially curious and hungry doe steal our map right out of the backpack and eat it!  I guess she wanted some fiber.

deer

The highlight of the island is the Itsukushima Shrine and the “floating” torii gate.  At high tide, the torii appears to float on the water.  We were extra-lucky while there and saw a beautiful wedding taking place and the bride and groom were taking their formal photographs around the shrine and then throughout the town.

lowtide

lantern

itsukushima

{photo credit: The Husband}

We took the ropeway to the top of Mt. Misen where we had beautiful views of all the surrounding islands and The Cuties learned to make the local treat, momiji manju.

mtmisen

And finally, our day was done and it was time to head back to our hotel in Hiroshima.

sunsetmiyajima

It was a great way to end our three years of travels and I’m so very happy we squeezed it in amongst all our crazy this fall.

And now we are sitting here booking our one-way tickets back to America and I am crying.

I’m gonna be a mess, people.

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5 Responses to One Last Trip Before We Go-Go

  1. Cute Grandma says:

    You and Your hubby have given your children and yourselves an amazing experience, now it is time for the next chapter in the lives of all the Cuties, and once you immerse yourself in life back here, you will be fine, and with wonderful memories for all of you, and for all who visited you on Tokyo!

  2. Lisa Byron says:

    It seems as though you and your family just arrived in Japan and now you’re leaving. I have enjoyed reading about your adventures there.

  3. Allie says:

    These pictures are lovely. Thank you so much for sharing pictures of your last trip! I was an expat as a kid and moved back for college – it is a hard transition because you don’t expect it to be hard to move back to your own country! Good luck!!! I know that you and your girls will handle it beautifully!

  4. Lori says:

    My husband and I lived in Japan for two years, arrived there 10 days after 9/11. The US had changed a lot while we were away. For a lot of reasons, we found our “re entry” to the States more difficult than adjusting to life in Japan 2 years earlier. Best Wishes to you and your family.

  5. Cherry Pink says:

    Hi, W&G! I just wanted to let you know that I have been a silent reader over the past 3 years here on your lovely blog. Thank you for taking us all on your journey to Japan. What a wonderful life experience for you and your family. Best wishes and many happy returns! Let us know where you will be settling back here in the U.S. Take care! TheSuperFreak/CherryPinkCat

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