Monday, August 25, 2014

Meiji Shrine: Tokyo

Happy Monday Y'all! 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 
I got my computer back on Saturday and am so excited to have it back. 

Today I wanted to go back to Tokyo and share the Meiji Shrine with y'all. We visited the shrine on our last day in Tokyo right after our Disney trip. 


The Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine that was dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. The shrine was completed in 1921, but the original building was destroyed during the air raids of WWII. It was reconstructed in 1958. 


During the Meiji Era, the Emperor helped with the industrial growth and modernization of the country. The sake barrels are offered every year by members of the Meiji Jingu Nationwide Sake Brewers Association. I love the look of of the sake barrels- they are all so colorful. 


These wine barrels are given to the shrine each year from France. 

The shrine sits in a forested area, so it's really beautiful to walk around. It was rainy and very humid when we were there, but it was still nice to see this place. We were in Tokyo over a holiday, so it was really busy and crowded. I would try to visit during a low period because I think it would be a little more peaceful. (And easier to get people less picture.) 








While we were there, the shrine had all these different bonsai trees on display. Some of them were 80 years old, and they were all impressive. Matt and I really want to get a bonsai when we move back home. 



Meiji Shrine is also a popular place for couples to get married. Sunday is a big wedding day, so if you're interested in seeing a bride and groom- go on a Sunday. We saw a couple as they were leaving and a couple that were taking their pictures. I was quick in line to be a stalker tourist and had to snap a picture or two or three of the couple. 



We loved the shrine. It was really nice to visit another shrine in Japan. This was different than some of the ones we saw in Kyoto. It wasn't as colorful as Yasaka or Fushimi, but it was just as beautiful. 

4 comments:

  1. For all the time I've spent in Japan, I've never been to Meiji shrine!
    You've got some gorgeous photos there!

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    1. Thanks! We really were glad to be able to take a quick visit here. It was worth the trip.

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  2. I really liked Meiji Shrine and luckily when I went it wasn't too busy. Also we saw 3 wedding couples while we were there, or maybe 4... so many I can't remember! I love your photos of the bonsai :)

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    1. I loved seeing the wedding couples. I felt kinda strange taking pictures of them, but I think they expected it because everyone was doing it. I like how peaceful the shrine is even though it's located in the city. They did a good job of secluding it.

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