Once I arrived in Okayama, I put my large bag in a locker in the station since I wouldn't be able to check into my hotel until after 3 p.m. I then got a bus/ferry ticket combination that would get me to my first destination, Shodoshima, the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, the ocean between Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu islands from Osaka to Kita Kyushu.
My first mistake (there will be more) of this trip was just getting on any ole bus, instead of checking with the information desk at the station, since I thought there was only one route-that is not the case. This route was one that went to Nakayama, a small farming community in the central mountains where I go to see lovely terraced rice fields.
Back to the harbor, here is a statue of one of the island's biggest claims to fame-as the location for a popular film from the 50s, 24 Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi 1954) based on a novel and directed by noted film maker Kesuke Kinoshita starring the beloved Hideko Takamine. The statue above is Takamine and the children stars of the film.
More art at the harbor.
This old bus is parked outside the 24 Eyes Movie Village, which is about an hour ride form the harbor but gives you a great view of the beauty of the second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea.
First lunch, somen, cold wheat noodles dipped in a sauce, with rice topped with jako (tiny fish), sprouts, and several other toppings, with a side salad and desert.
The sea in front of the movie village.
The entrance to the village.
Here's a vintage poster of one of my favorite Japanese films, Seven Samurai.
There was a shrine, 24 Eyes Tenman Srine, in the village as well.
Statue of Twenty Four Eyes: "Lady Teacher Play With Us."
A view of the sea from Tanoura Branch School of Noumura Elementary School, that is now the Movie Museum.
Kinema no Iori, a Japanese film themed cafe. Here you can see some stars of the past-Shintaro Katsu aka Zatoichi second from the right.
A temple en-route to "Angel Road."
A strip of land appears twice a day at low tide, and it is known as a power spot for lovers and has the name of "Angel Road." It connects three island with a foot path.
People put their romantic wishes on shell shaped tablets.