Friday, September 12, 2014

Tokyo, Day 3: Meiji Shrine (明治神宮)

Every element of this shine is so uniquely Japanese. You just don't see it elsewhere. The shape of the gate resembles the word "門" in Japanese, meaning door. The Shrine was built to honor Emperor Meiji and his wife.

Prayers left by visitors (on the right)

There are some intriguing rituals here. Visitors write down their prayers on a small piece of wood and hang it in the courtyard. And you are also not supposed to drink water from this tank with bamboo utensils. When in doubt, just observe the locals. 

The shine is in a forest, so you can take a walk in the surrounding area. It is nice and tranquil, a great place to think and reflect. JJ likes that Meiji Shrine is not overly touristy or crowded, it is truly a sanctuary.

Meiji Shrine Visitor Info

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