Though it was hard to say goodbye to our ultra kind foster families, there’s really no way to escape it. With heavy hearts, my co-delegates and I took a ferry boat from the Matsuyama Port to the Hiroshima port.
“Around 70,000 died immediately by the bomb. More people died due to radiation poisoning, burns and inability to access medical attention…”
There’s the torii gate once again, this time taken with “Us girls.”
Miyajima is known for good food and a herd of friendly, but obviously very hungry deer, also known as nihonjika in Japanese. At present, there are about five hundred deer that live on the island, some of which are domesticated, while others, especially those living in the forests, are not particularly friendly toward humans.
But for some interesting reason, an extremely friendly deer went up to me without any apprehension, and in an instant started digging into my left jacket pocket, completely devouring my tissue! Stunned was too weak a word to describe my exact feeling at that time. I didn’t know whether to run or standstill. Fortunately, I made the right decision when I just waited for the deer to finish his snack. If not, then I wouldn’t have had this memorable snapshot. 🙂