Time for another update since I am a few days absent here :)
On our second day in Osaka we did a day trip to a place called Nara. It would have been incredibly lovely if it weren't for the fact it was bitterly cold out. The interesting thing about Nara is that it has these wild deer roaming to whole place (it is basically a national park). We gave in to the tourist side of things and bought biscuits to feed them.
We also visited a local temple said to contain the largest indoor Buddha. He was definitely big, no doubt about that. We took lots of pictures and wandered the park a bit more before heading back to Osaka. We have been utterly exhausted all trip and we actually fell asleep early an slept for more than 10 hours!
We said bye to Osaka yesterday and headed for the Hiroshima area. We are staying at a hostel by the water, near the ferry to a sacred island called miyajima. No one is allowed to be born on, or die on, the island to help maintain its purity. The island is also covered with deer but no one selling biscuits so these deer are far more interested in stealing what they can from the visiting humans.
Miyajima is also famous for the floating torii gate you often see in pictures of Japan. Tide was out so we could walk up to it and see it up close. I am hoping to manage a picture with the tide IN before we leave. Today we are participating in a hanami party via the hostel and possibly exploring the island more. Then we should be doing the Hiroshima peace memorial the day after that.
Missing you all like crazy! Despite the trip being incredible I am at an age where staying in a hostel dorm, listening to people snoring, and sharing showers and bathrooms is no longer the fun adventure it once was. I am hoping that both mr snores-a-lot and talks-to-himself old man are not here again tonight. Fingers crossed!