A morning in Miyajima

こんばんわ!! Miyajima is always, always a good idea in my books. Somehow it embodies my feelings for Japan way more than a place like, for example, Nara. I think it’s safe to say that by now I have a few favourite stops on the island. Kumiko and I went here on a Monday morning just before I left for Fukuoka in the late afternoon. I was so happy she wanted to squeeze in this trip together before we said our goodbyes. Even though both of us still aren’t that fluent in each other’s languages that we can have effortless communication, I feel that we get on very well and we had such a relaxing morning! It’s fun to communicate in more subtle ways and enjoy the scenery together.

On y va, Miyajima baby!

Miyajima, as you could have seen here, or here, is a beautiful island just off the coast of Hiroshima. You get on the island by a beautiful and not-too-long ferry ride. On the island there is deer, there is momiji-manju, there is a giant torii standing in the water… that’s basically all you could ever want, somewhat.

We went to places we missed last time, so we got a bit more shrine in there. But also some not-momiji-shaped-foods. Altough, that fried momiji-manju will forever be what my dreams are made of. We saw a racoon, while we were wandering though the backstreets near the forest. It was my first time seeing a racoon IRL, Miyajima is where dreams come true, eh?

Miyajima is so ridiculously photogenic, that you take pictures of everything too much. But it also has beautiful and cute zakka shops (which was our main event this morning) and cafes.

Talking about cafes. I had the best-I-ever-had kakigōri (かき氷). It was matcha flavoured with anko inside (!!!!!!). The store was situated in one of the back-alleys of the main street just after you head of the boat, it had a cute little shop in front and a beautiful garden in the back. Now, I know it’s bad to hype things up and it’s better to not be talking in superlatives all the time. But man. You should’ve been there, JUST LOOK AT IT!

I cannot say anything bad about Miyajima. I think that was the sole purpose of this blog. Just sharing the wonderful beauty of the world on a chill Sunday night. I really hope that I’ve improved a bit with blogging commentary on my ~travel blogs~ because I looked back on the olden days in Miyajima and I sound a bit like a douchebag.

I think typing up this post is exactly what my soul needed. Japan, and this specific trip to Japan, gives my being so much peace, it’s almost ridiculous to talk about it. I’m still not too sure what exactly it is that makes Japan so close to my heart… but it always feels like coming home. When I’m in Japan I don’t have as many worries, as much anxiety, as much depressed spirits, as anywhere else. Of course, this trip brought a lot of hardships as I chose to travel by myself in a country on the other side of the world, where I’m far from fluent/conversational in language. But everything, even the hard times, felt… right.

Is there any place you really feel at home and at ease? A place you long back to, or maybe even just a memory you would want to re-live?

Have a wonderful week, until next time folks!

  • Charlotte

    Gahhh….his brings back TONS of very intensely happy memories….I miss Japan so much….<3 Great post, great work, love it.

  • This place looks so idyllic! No wonder it made you feel so calm.

  • Ahh, this post is making me miss Miyajima so much!! It really is such a photogenic place, not to mention it has delicious food everywhere… so pretty much my idea of heaven haha. By the way I had those exact fried momiji-manjus and they were seriously life-changing!

    • Gahhh! 100% agree! The iconic tile floor of the shop with the fried momiji-manjus! :D I agree, life-changing is the right word for them!

  • I was so enraptured by the torii in your first image, that I didn’t even notice the city in the background until you panned out. Looking at the pictures, out at the torii, across the sea, gives me a sense of peace so I can only imagine how much better it was for you to be present, breathing in that air. This area in Japan looks like it’s good for mental health!

    • Haha, yesss! I was hoping for such a reaction. :D It really is a beautiful and peaceful place. And the torii really does catch one’s eye, doesn’t it?

  • That shaved ice!!!! If / when I am going to Japan, I will be using your blog as a reference. It looks so peaceful there.

    For me, it is basically whenever I head out of the city and to nature. Whether that is national parks or simply heading to rural areas where it is just fields upon fields

    • :))))))))))))))))) <— my face after your comment.

      I think you're right, nature has such a relaxing effect. It's so grand and magnificent.

  • One of the best things about blogging is that when you travel you have a reason to indulge in all your photos and memories of the place as you put a post together, no matter how far after the actual trip it was, and you can look back on your posts at any time. It’s such a nice thing to do and I feel like people who don’t blog or make content or whatever about their travels miss out on that extra enjoyment that we get.


    • Exactly! (!!!) I love this so much about blogging. You can ‘recreate’ the whole vibe you had while you were there and pour your soul into it again. I never reaaally thought about it this way, but you’re so right. I love that about blogging. :)

  • I NEED THAT KAKIGOORI LIKE GET IN ME NOW. miyajima always struck me as quaint city in manga where you wake up one day and decide to go to the sea or to the forest just in a heartbeat. i’m super jelly right now :((( somedaaaaayyy!!!

    i think i’m going on a spontaneous trip to the botanical garden just outside of the city this weekend. idk. maybe i need it.

    • I’d say, do iiiiiiiit! I think I will go do it too. Just by myself. :)