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Ocho Mikan

I was back in the Akinada islands for the second time in as many weeks, doing more research for a new map project on which GetHiroshima is doing some consulting. I had a great mooch around the little port town of Ocho (大長) which is best known for its delicious mikan oranges.

I took nearly 400 photos throughout the day and though I haven’t looked through them all, I’m pretty sure this will by my favorite.

Ocho mikan (大長)

This lovely old couple were not only happy for me to take their photo, but the guy even went and got a fresh crate to pour into the sorting tray. I didn’t want to disappoint them by saying I’d come from Hiroshima when they asked, so I said I was from England and I’d heard about how tasty Ocho mikan are (both technically true).

More pics and words coming once I wade through the editing process…

Hiroshima Jin Daigaku Trail Run

Today’s Hiroshima Jin University trail run class was a great success. The weather was beautiful (I got a bit of a sunburn) and the autumn colors at Mitaki were stunning. Thanks to class leader Eiko Nishida for coming all the way down from Tokyo to inspire a group of 9 trail novices.




We had a real range of participants; one complete beginner, a couple who had just run their first 5km at the Peace Marathon earlier this month, a few who run a few times a week, all the way up to a guy who had posted a very good time in his first full marathon recently. Most of the runners were forsaking the road for a trail for the first time, and in spite of the wide range of abilities the group worked very well together.

The Orangerie

Went to The Orangerie to see Monet’s giant water lilly canvases bathed in natural light, just as the artist intended.

Saw a lot of this


and this



but, mostly this


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