Meiji-Jingu, Exploring Tokyo during Golden Week

I should note, this should really be before the Kamakura post, chronologically speaking. I should have thought about that more, especially for purposes of this being a supplementary travel journal. 

Just a quick post and a few pictures from last Monday at Meiji-Jingu. There was a light fog-like mist that really created a very ethereal feeling. Once you enter the park from Harajuku, which is bustling with people, it becomes very peaceful. You’d never expect the droves of people a hundred or so yards away.

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I was much more impressed with the gardens and grounds than the structure of Meiji Jingu itself, although it is beautiful nonetheless. Meiji Jingu was built for the spirits of Emporer Meiji and Empress Shoken and April 2014 marked 100 years since the Empress died. The Empress was and still is greatly loved by the people of Japan and all over the world. She did a great deal of work with the Red Cross, among other philanthropic activities.

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I found out, thanks to informative signs at the shrine, that the tablets to write your prayers and gratitude are called Ema. I found this gem of an Ema at Meiji-jingu.

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If only Jimmy knew that he’d need a heck of a lot more than a prayer and 500 yen to have 12 dogs. And that he probably wouldn’t want to hear his 12 dogs talking because it’d just be about how stupid and easily manipulated humans are…. I digress…

After Meiji-jingu, I took some time to explore the shopping district of Ginza. I bought a pair of sweatpants (like a pair I had seen on pinterest and loved) and pajama pants. If you know me, you know that sounds about right. They weren’t selling cozy/hospital socks or else, undoubtedly, I would have nagged a pair of those too.

All in all, I’d say it was a successful extended weekend.