Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Most Beautiful View in Japan

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Not according to me it isn't!

And not according to the Japanese.

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It's the opinion of a diplomatic emissary from Korea who stayed at Fukizenji temple in Tomonoura in eastern Hiroshima. I-Pan-On stayed here in 1711 and he claimed it was the most beautiful view in Asia.

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The temple and Tomonoura have made good use of his opinion in advertising the town though.

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The views from Tomonoura are good I have to admit, and the centerpiece is the island of Bentenjima.

I really enjoyed Tomonoura, it was not too crowded with tourists like nearby Kurashiki, and has a nice feel to it. There are lots of Edo-period buildings in the narrow streets and alleys, and a high concentration of shrines and temples.

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To get the best views it is worth climbing the hill to Io-Ji temple, claimed to have been founded by Kobo Daishi.

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3 comments:

  1. some of the scenes look like something from inbetween a old "toho" film and what i think musashi would have loved...IDK once again love your blog Kyleh Kumagai

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  2. Konban wa

    wonderful photos as usual, Jake

    thanks

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  3. Daishi sama! Now I want to go. Those views are pretty awesome. I would be hard pressed to come up with a "most beautiful" though.

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