Saturday, November 29, 2008

Visit to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

The vacation recount continues!

After recovering from our trip to the fish market, Alex and I made our way to the Meiji Shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo.

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and just opposite the main part of Harajuku (a topic for another post) lies this peaceful shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji (who died in 1912) and Empress Shoken.

The main entrance is right around the corner from the train station, but a long stroll through a heavily wooded park provides you the necessary transition to appreciate this Shinto shrine.

Barrels of sake that were donated to the shrine.

Kimonoed ladies

Upon entering the shrine, we were immediately ushered to sit down and take part in a tea and sweets ceremony. The sweets were as tasty (surprisingly) as they were pretty.

After our sweets, we headed over to the large tree in the center of the courtyard, surrounded by the prayers of the shrine's visitors. We even added a couple of our own.

It was a beautiful spot and a welcome respite from the rushed chaos of the city outside its boundaries.

More Tokyo for tomorrow's last day of NaBloPoMo! I'm definitely going to have to keep going past the end of November. I have a few more days of photos to share.

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