He brought up the idea of going to Hiroshima, while I wanted to postpone it because I have many things to do at home in December.
He said to me," Next year is another year and I don't know what will wait for me." So, I decided to do the one day trip together.
Although Hiroshima evokes the tragedy of atomic bomb, where he wanted to visit was an island called Miya-jima, where an old shrine, Itsukushma-shrine, is located on.
Once I took on a train I forgot the bustle month of preparing for coming new year,and started to enjoy the scenery through the train window.
From the nearest station we got on a small ferry and soon a great Torii ( gate of shrine) became to be seen.
Generally there is a place in front of the shrine to wash the hands and rinse the mouth for purification.
In the case of this shrine the place is just next to sea water.
It is said that when the tides has gone out people can pass through the Trii- gate on foot.
And when some big typhoon comes the corridor becomes to be beneath of the sea level, and such condition is sometimes released on TV.
Near the shrine, there is a valley called Momiji-dani(Valley of maple trees), and we walked viewing the coloured leaves for a while.
We also saw several deer on the small island.
There are hundreds of deer in Nara park near of my residence area, though we never see deer by the sea, because Nara prefecture is a basin.
Now we have to return to Nara.
Bye bye Hiroshima, and thank you the Sun for shining through the clouds sometimes.
突如そこに生まれしごとき大鳥居 夢にてもわが眺めておりぬ haricot
It just looks like
it was born all of a sudden there,
Such a huge Torii-gate
I give it a long look
in my dream as well