Japan: Meiji Shrine (Tokyo)

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Torii leading to the Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine in Shibuya is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The Meiji Shrine is located just beside the busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park making up a large forested area – an oasis in busy, urban Tokyo!

According to the Japan-Guide: Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan’s feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. During the Meiji Period, Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world’s major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912.

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Harajuku Station

 

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A torii leading to the Meiji Shrine

 

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Walking through the park

 

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So many adorable children dressed in traditional clothes

 

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Barrels of Sake Wrapped in Straw

 

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Explanation of the tribute

 

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Provenance of the Bourgogne Wine for Consecration at Meiji Jingu

 

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Explanation of the tribute

 

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Meiji Shrine

 

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So many cute children in traditional clothes!

 

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I don’t know what this says, but I”m assuming there’s a reason so many children visit the Meiji Shrine dressed up!

 

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Walking through Yoyogi Park

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