The day started by heading out to visit the NHK studios which were unfortunately closed for refurbishment until the end of September. Since we were in the Shibuya and Meijijingumae Shrine was close we ended up visit quite a spectacular shrine.
The shrine entrance is right next to Harajuku train station so it’s very easy to get to.
There were many of these massive gates called Torii. Saw one or two folks bowing before heading under them.
Not too busy as we visited on a weekday. Still some people around but I imagine this place can get very busy at times. Especially so on new years where thousands of people will come to this and other shrines to see in the new year.
My girlfriend cleanses her hands before entering the main area of the shrine. This involves pouring cold water over your hands with some ladle like object as you can see in the picture below. The sign reads “This water is for purification. Please do not leave money inside.”.
Inside the main grounds now. The trees inside here are very neat, almost perfect spheres, makes me wonder how they keep them that way?
Fancy looking lights, must look spectacular at dusk.
By English standards the ants here in Japan are huge. I’ve seen ants at least three times the size of those in England, apparently they don’t bite but I don’t like the look of them. There seems to be lots of large insects in Japan such as cicada, cockroaches and spiders.
An interesting contrast of styles. Modernity is creeping forward from over the field!
The DoCoMo building, reminds me of something out of the game Half Life 2 for some reason. The lady in the picture decides it’s a good spot to do some meditation.
Grass in Japan, at least in urbanised places is quite scare by English standards so excuse my enthusiasm when it came to capturing some native vegetation.
A lovely peaceful place to take a stroll, hard to believe how close it is to a bustling city. Glad I came here and will probably come again at some time. If you’ve visited any shrines in Japan which were your favourites?
This is Harajuku station which looks rather old fashioned, ironic when you consider that lots of high fashion can be seen in Harajuku.
This article was submitted to J∙Festa – July 2011.