Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hakata Salt Icre Cream

Imabari is a sea side port and that provides a natural substance from sea water, salt. Salt ice cream is quite good.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Oyamazumi Shrine

Inside the massive grove of camphor trees lays the shrine. The shrine is fairly typical for a shrine of this size. Stone and paper lanterns line the walk ways along with sacred photographs and lines of sake casks from previous shrine dedications. Many smaller, secondary shrines dot the shrine perimeter.
Hayato's Dance

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Oyamazumi Shrine, Omishima

The island of Omishima holds a place in history as an island in the path of a significant sea route between the old capital of Kyoto and the island of Kyushu, along with routes to western Japan and mainland Asia.

No one knows when it started but the shrine became an important stop for samurai who would visit the shrine and pray before going to battle. If the battle was a success, they would return to the shrine, offer a prayer of thanks and make gifts of their weapons, armor and other offerings.

The shrine is in a grove of Camphor trees, with a 3,000 year old tree in the center of the shrine grounds. Wrapped in ceremonial ropes, the trees are considered sacred. The guardian statues at the main gate are dressed in armor, reflecting the samurai influence of this shrine.








Sunday, September 4, 2016

Yoshiumi Iki-iki Kan

A popular place for anyone who visits this island. The food is all locally harvested and locally grown. It does not get any fresher than this!
More information on this road-side/boat side stop


















Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dinner on an Island in the Kurushima Strait

The food is as good as it gets. An excellent meal and a popular place for visitors on foot or by bicycle.

















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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Seaside Dinner - Kurushima Strait

Seafood does not get any fresher than this. You pick your dinner among the many tanks inside the store and then a hibachi is filled with burning coals to grill your feast upon. It's very good and very messy.

This island is among the chain of islands for the Shimanami bike route.


















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