When in Japan, do as the Japanese, i.e. ride the Shinkansen bullet train.
Between Kobe and Hiroshima, my GPS records our top speed at 179 mph. At that speed, the ride is comparable to a commercial jet in smoothness. Passing another Shinkansen going that fast in the opposite direction is an eye-blink-and-you’ll-miss-it experience.
After Shinkansen, our passenger ferry to Miyajima Island tops out at 9.7 mph. The tame deer are waiting for us as we step onto the island. Entrances to island stores employ short wooden gates to keep the pesky critters out. They are not shy about ripping your entire box lunch from your hand, as several students learned.
After running the deer gauntlet, we walk through the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine. It was built in 1168 on a tidal flat giving the appearance that the long low structure floats on water at high tide. The vermillion gate is placed further out toward open water in a scenic spot. Cameras get a work out here.
Wright documented his 1905 Japan trip with photographs, most focusing on the architecture of Japanese religious buildings. Then the never-give-credit-where-credit-is-due Wright went on to deny that Japan influenced his designs:
“I am not indebted to the Japanese – the Japanese are indebted to me.”- FL WrightI am eager to visit the only remaining example of Wright’s Japanese residential work on Saturday.
Yours in wondering if Wright came up with the bullet train idea,