A ferry ride is a unique way to start the day and this is just what our students did to travel over to the island of Miyajima for some exploring.
Being met on the island by the ever cheeky wild deer was wonderful but these are not as well mannered as their Nara counterparts.
Mount Misen was our first challenge and the students excelled themselves with their enthusiasm to give it a go. Hiking and using a cable car for the trip up the mountain presented some team members with an opportunity to conquer their fears of heights and all pulled through with flying colours.
Some time was spent exploring the market shops on the island with souvenirs and traditional crafts on show.
Choosing and ordering their own lunch saw many students step up and try their language skills and stretch their culinary tastes.
Itsukushima Jingu (the ‘floating shrine’) showed its beautiful colors as the tide slipped away and we were able to walk along its open halls.
We were delighted to witness a bridal party at the shrine. The walk around the temple grounds was enjoyed in the cooler afternoon before returning to the mainland for a Japanese dinner at the hotel. We were extremely proud of the students, as all bravely tried some hitherto unfamiliar delicacies.
Mrs Burgin has taken many of these beautiful photos. Arranging this many of us into an order to take a photo is no mean feat and we thank her for her wonderful work. – Mrs S and Miss R.