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28 May 2011 @ 12:47 am
That was a lot of traveling  
As the subject says. My parents and sister came over to visit, and we ended up traveling all over the place. Tokyo, Kamakura, Nara, Kyoto, Himeji, Matsue, Izumo, Hiroshima, Miyajima...it was a ton of traveling. I probably walked over 100 kilometers, even with the times that we took public transit, and that doesn't count the extra effort expended from carrying my bags all over the place. On the other hand, we got to go to a ton of places I've wanted to visit since we came to Japan but didn't really have the time. Most of them were the same places I've already written about multiple times--Kinkakuji, Meiji Jingu, Himeji Castle, etc., so I won't repeat them here. But, I'll talk about the one that I think my favorite--出雲大社 (Izumo Taisha) in the eponymous Izumo. It's a shrine to the god of marriage, and fittingly, we saw no fewer than five couples in various stages of their wedding while we were there.

Funny story--apparently it's bad luck for a couple to go through the main gate to Izumo. Of course, softlykarou and I didn't know about this until after we had already gone through it. :p Then again, there was a rope that people were trying to toss coins into (as in, getting them to stick between the fibers of the rope. It was about a meter wide) and I managed to make my coin stick on the first toss, so hopefully that will counterbalance it.

The shrine also had a museum on the grounds that had swords forged by Muramasa and Masamune, which were in amazing condition for being 500+ years old, and a lacquer box made in 1150 that looked like it had been made yesterday. Not bad for a small museum curated by one guy.
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Nancynotthecheat on May 27th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
That is great that you got time to visit places you had missed. Visitors are great for that.
meadowyravinemeadowyravine on June 1st, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Did you happen to take any pictures? It sounds like you had a lot of fun!
dorchadasdorchadas on June 2nd, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
There's a ton of pictures on my Facebook, though they're all in Mobile uploads (or 携帯アップロード--I have no idea why it switched languages). :)