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Posted on 2011/09/23 03:49:27 (September 2011).

[Thursday 22nd September 2011]
Chie and I headed out around midday and got the train to Yokogawa, a station in roughly central-ish Hiroshima, where we'd planned to meet Chie's friend Mana-chan. Whilst waiting for her we went into a particularly impressive 100 yen shop (Daiso is the name of the chain I believe) wherein I found a selection of quite decent looking ties for a mere 100 yen. I couldn't resist buying one, and liked it so much I wore it for the rest of the day.

After meeting Mana-chan, we got in her car and she drove us to Miyajimaguchi, the ferry port from where the ferry to Miyajima goes. A visit to Miyajima seems to be another fairly mandatory component of any stay in Hiroshima for us.

On arriving on the island we tried "ice momiji" - a version of Miyajima's famous little cakes (momiji manju) with ice cream in. I wasn't really a fan - I think I'll stick to the originals. Next we went to take in the views of the famous umi no tori, and visited the shrine. After that we went to the aquarium - which I haven't done before. It has been recently renovated and I suppose was quite impressive, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for the fish.

On the way back to the ferry we stopped off for some maccha kakigori (green tea flavoured crushed ice) and also decided to buy as many momiji manju from different shops as we could, so we could later on do a taste test. We got seven in the end.

Back to Chie's parents for dinner in the evening, and after dinner we commenced our momiji manju tasting. The winner was a shop called Fuji.

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