Sunday, November 13, 2011

Meiji Shrine @ Harajuku, Tokyo

Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine. Shinto is called Japan's ancient original religion, and it is deeply rooted in the way of Japanese life. Shinto has no founder, no holy book, and not even the concept of religious conversion, but Shinto values for example harmony with nature and virtues such as "Magokoro (sincere heart)". In Shinto, some divinity is found as Kami (divine spirit), or it may be said that there is an unlimited number of Kami. You can see Kami in mythology, in nature, and in human beings. From ancient times, Japanese people have felt awe and gratitude towards such Kami and dedicated shrines to many of them.

This shrine is dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken.


Meiji Shrine main gate.

Barrels of sake donated to Meiji Shrine.

Barrels of wine donated by other countries. Mainly from French.

Prayers left by visitors.

Wedding ceremony.

Coordinate/GPS: 35.674781,139.699583. Entrance at 35.669761,139.702233
Address: 1-1, Kamizono-chō, Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053.
Subway: From Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae Station Exit 2: 1 min on foot to South Entrance (C03)

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