The final destination on our journey with Ryan's parents was Hiroshima. Below is the famous building with the domed top that was one of the only structures standing after the atomic bomb dropped.
There are tons and tons of paper cranes all over Memorial Park.
And also many school children. Here is a group who were interviewing Ryan's parents for a school project. That is the Memorial museum there in the background.
Since Himeji castle, which we really wanted to see, is under construction, I was glad to get the opportunity to visit the Hiroshima castle. Although it has been completely rebuilt in recent years and made of concrete, it is rather majestic and hints at its former glory.
It has a moat and outer buildings.
The castle itself is now a museum. You can go all the way to the top for a great view of Hiroshima.
Only a brief ferry ride away from Hiroshima is the island Miyajima.
The Miyajima temple is called the floating temple, but it is actually just built on stilts in shallow water, the level of which goes up and down with the tide.
It is a good setting for a wedding.
Miyajima has a lovely 5-story pagoda...
and a population of deer.
One of the Hiroshima/Miyajima specialties is oyster. Here is the oyster extravaganza set meal that Ryan had for lunch one of the days: oysters fried, steamed and baked in a leaf with rice.
And then it was back home via the high speed shinkansen, or bullet train.