Showing posts from February, 2018





Grace writes:

Today, we woke up and went to Izumo Taisha. Izumo Taisha is a shrine in Izumo, a city in Shimane Prefecture. It is considered the oldest shrine in Japan, and it is one of Japan's most important shrines. The main deity of the shrine is Okuninushi no Okami, who, according to mythology, was the creator of the land of Japan and ruled Izumo. Since Okuninushi was also known as the deity of good relationships and marriage, many visitors come here to pray for success in these aspects of life.First, we went through the large torii gate at the very entrance of the shrine and walked around the grounds, seeing a statue of Okuninushi as we made our way to the entrance. We purified ourselves before going to the main hall, which consisted of using a ladle to wash our hands and mouths with very cold water. After we entered, we came across the worship hall, which is decorated with a massive straw rope, which is called a shimenawa. Shimenawa are indicators of the presence of a deity and sepa…

Katelan writes:

Katelan HeslopBlog Post 2/122/12/2018Today, we left our host families in Hiroshima and made our way to Ginzan to see the Silver Mines, which we entered for about 150 meters. As our guides told us it would be, it mines were dark, cramped, and littered with old silver veins. We used flashlights to look down the more dangerous, blocked off tunnels. A few meters before the exit, we saw a bat. This of course was very normal, considering we were basically in a man-made cave, but it freaked us out a little (considering we’d never seen a bat before). The guides were amazingly knowledgeable about the history regarding the locations of entrances into the mine, their accessibility, as well as how the silver was refined. I’ve never been to mine before, and even though we couldn’t see the entirety of the one we went to, it was still amazing to learn about what the mine used to be like hundreds of years ago. Like the many shrines that surrounded the area, the mines are a large, essential part of Ja…

Kendric writes:

Kendric VoidFebruary 10,2018                              On this day I learned about Japanese edict and common restaurant styles. Today was a half a day at Nagisa school, giving us more time to spend with our hosts families. Everyday up until now my host Yukki had to go to night school so this would be the most time I would get to spend with him. Today we went to a restaurant that served yakiniku. My host described this as  a buffet style Japanese barbecue. Something I found interesting is was it wasn’t like a normal buffet; we did not go up and put the prepared food on our plates. The waitress brought uncooked meat to our table and we had to cook it ourselves. Attached to the table was a grill and a fire starter for us to use to prepare the meat. On a tablet we were able to order as much meat, rice, desserts, and etc.                                   During dinner Trinity’s host Makoto laughed at how I was using my chopsticks;  which brought up the topic of Japanese manures. I lear…

Riana writes:

Today my host brother had a 5k marathon at Kanawa island, so me and my host family went to watch him. First we drove to the country side which took about an hour and a half. Then we took a ferry to Kanawa island, where I saw a nice panoramic view of the many islands of Hiroshima. When we arrived, I saw beautiful views of the country side with never ending rice fields and a lot of orange trees. The people there were also burning the things from their New Years celebration. After we watched the marathon, my family and I went to Miwajima and had dinner at Sanzoku, where I had udon and their famous fried chicken. 

Carlin writes:

Today was our last day with our host families, so it’s fitting that we got the whole day to ourselves to spend time with them. 
Everyone’s day was a little different, but for me it entailed visiting the Shukkeien Garden. Constructed in 1620, Shukkeien was built for Asano Nagaakira, a feudal lord of Hiroshima, and was meant to express a miniaturized landscape. 
What I thought most interesting about the garden was the fact that it is located in the middle of such a large city, with tall buildings surrounding it on all sides, but the second I stepped through the gates of the garden I found myself in the middle of the most beautiful and natural garden I have ever seen. Huge ponds filled with Koi were connected by tiny red bridges and surrounded by beautiful trees and other native Japanese plants. Tiny islands were scattered throughout the pond, miniature versions of the actual-size islands in Xihu (West Lake) in Hangzhou, China.
Although the original garden was destroyed by the atomic bomb, …

Izumo Shrine and Matsue


Good-bye Nagisa, Hello Iwami Silvermine