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Miyajima – Part 3

hello kitty miyajima

japanese wedding party groom bride miyajima japan

miyajima sake

Tokyo International School trip to Miyajima and Hiroshima – Part 2

ellie case in hiroshima with tokyo international school

After a very short walk through deer poop we arrived at our hotel. After putting our suitcases away in our rooms, we went for a hike and got on cable cars to the top of mountains. We could see the sea and the beach and a whole bunch of more mountains.

After a day and a night we took the ferry back to Hiroshima and then took a bus to our new hotel.

miyajima lookout japan

tis kids

view from miyajima ropeway

miyajima ropeway

Miyajima – Part 1

miyajima deer torii shrine japan

Hustling through the Shinkansen train station was officially the start of the 6th grade trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima Island. We got jostled and pushed into the Shinkansen before the doors would close on us. More shoving and finally we were in our seats next to the people we wanted to sit next to for the whole 4 hour trip.

It wasn’t cold outside but sadly it was foggy, so there was absolutely no way you could see Mount Fuji. 4 hours went by pretty slow, but it was still it was fun. The Shinkansen goes very fast, but when you look outside the window it looks like you’re going slower than driving on the freeway.

We arrived in Hiroshima and again, dragged our suitcases around the station. Then we pulled our luggage down a whole bunch of stairs into a tunnel and then back up a whole bunch of stairs, to find ourselves on the other side of the street. We walked to the local train station and piled in. Then we got off at a stop that was close to the ferry boats. After taking the ferry across the ocean for only around 5 minutes, we finally arrived at Miyajima Island. Deer were everywhere and everyone thought they were AMAZING, but they didn’t really please me that much because I’ve seen them a billion times in Ashland.

ellie case tokyo international school

miyajima tea house koi carp pond japanese garden

miyajima torii at night

Maya’s birthday party

paper rock scissors japan jan ken pon

My dad has some more pictures here.

fireworks at japanese birthday party

japanese and american girls bonding through fireworks

four friends after a japanese birthday party kodaira tokyo japan

Paris Disneyland

When I was in Paris we went to Disney land. The lnes were long, it was really hot, and our feet ached, but other than that I think it was really fun! We were going to go to a Disneyland show, the only play that was in English, The Lion King. But as we were entering the building there was a sign that said Lion King was not playing on that day. We were so disappointed, but just to make sure we went inside. There were tons of chairs facing a stage. The stage had props for the Lion King all over the place. The lights were off and everyone who came in were leaving. So we left too.

As we wandered through Disneyland Paris we came across The Sword In The Stone. Kids were lining up in front of it to get their picture taken by their family members. So Ryan and I lined up too. And this is my picture with Excalibur.

We stopped at a gift shop to look around and maybe buy a T-shirt for Ryan. I really wanted this hat that had Donald Duck’s relative on it. It was really cute, but my mom said it was to expensive, so we ended up just looking, not buying!

This next picture was taken after we got off the It’s A Small World ride. There were little houses and objects that were from different places in the world. We could not stay long there because we wanted good seats for the night-time parade. But it looked really cool and detailed.