Ponyo Town

Tomonoura (鞆の浦) is a port town at the southern end of Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Situated at a bay facing the Seto Inland Sea, the picturesque port town features an endearing old-fashioned fishing townscape, with a calm and laid-back atmosphere. Tomonoura is part of the Setonaikai National Park.

In recent years, Tomonoura has been picked as a filming location for several international and local movies, such as “The Wolverine” starring Hugh Jackman and “Ponyo on the Cliff” by the popular Studio Ghibli. The port town portrayed in the beginning of “Ponyo on the Cliff” was modeled after Tomonoura (from Japan-guide.com).
I went to visit my friends Anees (the male version of my name) and his beautiful wife, Amy this weekend in Fukuyama (about 2.5 hours drive). They took me to Tomonoura the port-town that inspired Miyazaki’s Ponyo and it was unreal. Though I  wish you too could have been there. Or at least, been there for the road-trip. Though I am used to living and travelling alone, I am still human. I wish I could have been there on a romantic date. Speaking of dates, I took them raw truffles. For lunch, we had local snapper (not pictured). For dinner, soba (pictured). I stayed the night. For breakfast, homemade sourdough with natural yeast (made by Anees) and fresh vegetables and herb (basil – homegrown on their balcony).

Okunoshima Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island totally exceeded my expectations. A few years back, I’d gone to Monkey Island in Phuket (Thailand) and it was interesting but it was also really filthy and the monkeys looked sick and frightening. Of course (I should have known), being Japan, Okunoshima was immaculately clean. The rabbits, too. Also, they looked happy and healthy and were scattered, throughout the island not piled in one spot as I had imagined.

Further, turns out Okunoshima used to house a poisonous gas factory during the Second World War. So there was a museum (a little gruesome) with many interesting historicals (I made that a word).

Also, the island has a hotel. So you can stay on the island with the bunnies if you that’s what your heart desires. You can hire a bike, too. Or just walk around the island like we did which took only about 35 minutes.

Oh, it was wonderful (even though I was third wheeling). Hope you guys enjoy the pictures. I tried my best to take nice ones.

The photo I want to point out is the picture of the two carrot bags. To the right, carrots for the rabbits and to the left, carrots for Anisa (in case I got hungry/jealous).