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Meiji Shrine or Meiji Jingu is Tokyo largest and most important Shinto shrine. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji (1852–1912) and Empress Shoken (1849–1914). The most popular shrine during New Year's in Tokyo. It also holds a variety of seasonal events.
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Meiji Shrine is near JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-mae Station (Chiyoda Line).
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Harajuku Station
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Meiji Shrine is one of Tokyo's major sights. Cross the Bridge over the train tracks.
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The torii gate for Meiji Shrine.
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Meiji Shrine torii
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Meiji Shrine is in a large wooded, park-like area. A wide walking path leads to the shrine. It can be dusty due to the gravel.
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Barrels of wine
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Across the barrels of wine are barrels of sake rice wine.
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Sake rice wine.
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Turn left and see another torii.
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Go left.
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Second torii
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Along here, you may see some outdoor panel displays.
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Where you wash/purify yourself. Temizuya
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Where you wash/purify yourself. Temizuya
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Last torii before the main shrine.
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Shrine shop for talisman.
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Main shrine hall ahead.
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Meiji Shrine's main worship hall.
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The main worship hall is flanked by these two large trees.
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The left tree is actually a couple.
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Two tree trunks coupled by a sacred rope at Meiji Shrine.
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The right tree provides shade for many ema prayer tablets.
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Ema prayer tablets.
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You can buy a prayer tablet and write your wish/hope/prayer on it and hang it here.
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Meiji Shrine is also popular for holding weddings. On weekends, you can see several couples passing through.
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At Meiji Shrine, a wedding couple is led by a Shinto priests and two shrine maidens.
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Shrine maidens (miko)
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Wedding couple on their way to their ceremony inside the shrine.
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Wedding couple on their way to their ceremony inside the shrine with the wedded trees in the foreground.
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Chrysanthemum crest is the symbol of the Imperial family.
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Amulets, charms, talisman
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On the left, there is a gate where you can exit and go to the shrine's park area.
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Path to the park area.
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Entrance to Treasure Museum.
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Shiseikan Dojo (Martial Arts Training Hall)
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New Year's Day at Meiji Shrine.
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Meiji Shrine on New Year's Day
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People behind me on New Year's Day at Meiji Shrine.
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People on my left on New Year's Day at Meiji Shrine.
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Main worship hall in front and a large offering pit where you throw money, etc.
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People on my right on New Year's Day at Meiji Shrine.
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People pray in front of the money/offertory pit.
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Money in the offertory pit on New Year's Day at Meiji Shrine.
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In the past, police were hired to guard the money pit at Meiji Shrine. They also wore these face protectors to deflect the coins that fall short of the pit.
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Lots of coins that fell short of Meiji Shrine's money pit. People no longer throw money from so far away. They wait until they get to the front.
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Crowd control and Meiji Shrine.
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Buying amulets.
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Bunkakan museum
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Cafe and restaurant
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Cafe and restaurant on New Year's.
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Phone booth
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Path back to exit to Harajuku Station.
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Throw away old New Year's decorations here.
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Spring festival in early May.
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Meiji Shrine's torii.
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Sacred dances performed on stage at Meiji Shrine for their spring festival.
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In June, iris garden at Meiji Shrine.
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In autumn, yabusame horseback archery at Meiji Shrine.
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Actor Toshiro Mifune presides over the yabusame horseback archery at Meiji Shrine.
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Actor Toshiro Mifune at Meiji Shrine.
     
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