It was nice and peaceful on New Year’s Day in Osaka. We got in from Hiroshima just in time to ring in the new year quitely hanging out and eating at a restaurant the night before.
New Year’s in Japan is quiet unlike the fire work shows in the neighborhoods of Hawaii. Japan’s shrines and temples are open for people to go and visit from midnight and well into the day. We spent some time to get some desserts at a cafe before we took some time to go into the city to see the festivities.
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On Sunday before New Years, I spent a morning strolling through Osaka. Downtown was so peaceful and serene. It was nice to be awake exploring the city before everyone got up. I spent some time alone in the big city and met up with my friends afterward. We headed to Kuromon Market for the Pre-New Year preparations.
The market was filled with shoppers and tourists. Businesses were preparing for the New Years.
In the middle of the market, we got a chance sit down and eat at a Sushi restaurant.
In the afternoon, we went over to the Osaka Aquarium in Kaiyukan.
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I have only read about Hiroshima in history books. It is a place of serenity, growth and beauty. It was the perfect place to end the year, to understand and reflect about the old year and welcome the new year. We took an early Shinkansen to Hiroshima and arrived earlier than expected.
From the train station to the sites we took a bus that took us to the first stopped. We walked to one of the first sites which was the Hiroshima Castle. We also got a chance to speak to someone from Hiroshima who spoke to us about some of the history of the castle. We also got a chance speak to others who were checking out the sites with us.
We went on a day when some of the sites were closed for New Year’s holiday but it was still great to see some of the historical sites. At the Castle, we met a family who spoke to us about Miyajima Island and recommended for use to check it out since the island.
One of the stops to the walking tour was being able to see the Hiroshima Dome. It is a testament to the impact of war and nuclear weapons.
The Motoyasu Bridge was one of the bridges that survived the nuclear bombing and leads to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Park, Museum, and Children’s Peace Monument.
Later on in the day we headed to Miyajima Island and we had the opportunity to check out the Itsukushima Floating Torii Gate and shrine. During new year’s eve, they were food vendors and many people going to the shrines.
I hope you enjoy the pictures. This was a peaceful and quiet New Year’s Eve. It was amazing to see another part of the world celebrate New Year’s in a different way minus large crowds, fireworks, and merry making. This new year’s eve in Japan was full of reflection and thought.
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Two weeks ago we went on an Australian Adventure. The next few blog posts will be about our trip. There was so much to take in and I did not feel that one blog post will do the trip justice. So in the next couple of days, I be sharing highlights from the trip. This first post is going to highlight the city of Melbourne.
The weather was chilly when we got there but the sun was warm. We spent a day in the city visiting a few art galleries.
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We also got a chance to walk the city and take in some of its beautiful architecture. The highlight of our day was seeing the city at the Eureka Tower Sky Deck 88 which is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
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