Sunday, December 13, 2009

Rudolph's Japanese Cousin

Wild deer in front of the famous floating Torii Gate

Last week, I jumped on a military hop from Okinawa to Iwakuni on mainland Japan. Sean had to attend a meeting up there and I tagged along to get a little taste of maple leaves, cold weather, good eating, and deer... so perfect to put us in the holiday spirit.

Wild deer on a narrow residential street

We took a short excursion one day to Miyajima Island, aka the Shrine Island, a convenient 10 minute ferry ride from the mainland. There we saw plenty of wild deer roving the streets, shrines and temples, and beautiful views of changing foliage.

Making friends

The Japanese are experts at making pretty views from so many different angles
Itsukushima Shrine

Torii Gate view from ferry boat

What puts you in the holiday spirit? Do tell...


Chris and Amy said...

I know they're not domesticated, but those deer didn't look too wild! ;)Christmas music puts in me in the holiday spirit.

mina said...

these are fantastic pictures! i love the one of it in the middle of the road. egg nog puts me in the holiday spirit... and decorated department stores. alas, neither of those in mexico!

Shannon OD said...

I love those deer pictures - how cute that they were just running around the streets like that! :-) I'd say that a chai latte is actually one of my fav holiday treats - wandering the mall with a chai is Christmas to me :-)

Fly Girl said...

What sweet deer! And that firt one really does look like Rudolph's Japanese cousin, lol! I 've been bombarded with Christmas stuff on my travels over the last two weeks but I can never get into the spirit until I get my tree up, play my fave holiday songs and bake Christmas cookies. All of this will be happening this week..

Christy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I lived in Guanajuato and Leon, Mexico for a while. Loved it. Wish I could still be there.

Lauren Quinn said...

Love the deer!

The Howes Family said...

I am just now catching up on reading my blogs.

Can we talk about your boots?
Love them!


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