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Sunset at Miyajima. Itsukushima, Japan. By Hugo Lopes.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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This is one of my favorite places in Japan. Other cool things about Miyajima:

1) As a holy island, hunting and chopping wood was forbidden since time immemorial. So the deer of the island have no fear of humans, and walk freely through the town.

2) Also due to the above fact, the forest that covers most of the island is undisturbed since prehistory. Unlike the rest of Japan, it is preserved in that prehistoric state. The foreat itself is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage natural site.