Monday, February 23, 2015

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo Japan


Before sundown. Autumn. It was almost 4pm. And the sky was darker. We were in a hurry to get into the premise because the guard told us gates are closing in 15 minutes.


In Shibuya lies the most famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo. We passed through 2 gates of 12-meter tall made of torii built from 1500 year old cypress trees. 


Yuzu showed us to wash our hands from a communal water tank posted before the entrance gate to the temple. It was meant to cleanse your hands before you offer a prayer. No photos allowed beyond those boxes where you throw a couple of yen coins. And a signage that has instructions on how to say a prayer is bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow once again. We tried it and I must say it's just another prayer plus the hand gestures. :D


There's another way to say your prayer. Write it in a flat wood made with a string in a hole where you can hang on the prayer wall. We were amazed with the messages hanging on the wall, interested reading a few makes you realize how people can be so positive and full of hope. Our curiosity was cut short when we saw people walking in trails but organised getting near where we stand. 


Felt so excited when we realized it was a traditional Japanese wedding. We actually saw 3 pairs walking in coordination. It wasn't the whole nine yards but we're glad to see the part where the bride and groom walks under a Japanese umbrella or was it just another big parasol? Anyway, they were wearing Japanese kimono, brides in white and groom in black. A trailing party were also walking behind the couple.

souvenir shops

It's a 200-acre park. There were closed restaurants since we arrived at almost closing time. Good thing we still made it. As we made it through the gates before closing. We saw a huge collection of barrels of sake called kazaridaru. It is said to be offered every year to enshrine the deities of Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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The Chronicles of Mariane said...

Wow you are so lucky to chance upon a traditional Japanese wedding, it's on travel my bucket list! haha

Kat said...

Yes we were! Funny we don't have this place in our itinerary buti may kasama kaming Hapon. :D