Meijijingumae Shrine

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.

Meijijingumae Shrine

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The shrine entrance is right next to Harajuku train station so it’s very easy to get to.

Meijijingumae Shrine

There were many of these massive gates called Torii. Saw one or two folks bowing before heading under them.

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

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.

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

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.”.

Meijijingumae Shrine

Inside the main grounds now. The trees inside here are very neat, almost perfect spheres, makes me wonder how they keep them that way?

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Fancy looking lights, must look spectacular at dusk.

Meijijingumae Shrine

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.

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

An interesting contrast of styles. Modernity is creeping forward from over the field!

Meijijingumae Shrine

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.

Meijijingumae Shrine

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.

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

Meijijingumae Shrine

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?

Meijijingumae Shrine

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.

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Chris Kempson is the main author of TastyMiso.com and sole developer of JapanBump.com. A twenty something web programmer and self-proclaimed Japanophile currently residing in Chiba and trying desperately to Japanese!

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  • Will

    Great pictures! I wish I could be in Japan. Were there any issues when arriving into the country? You were talking about there being potential issues with travel insurance but are the Japanese welcoming foreigners, or are they trying to deter them because of the stability at Fukushima?

    • http://chriskempson.com Chris Kempson

      Everything’s pretty normal over here in Chiba and I should imagine the same is true for other areas that were not most directly affected by the tsunami. As for the stability of the reactor I’ve been hearing mostly positive things in the news over here. I admit, I haven’t caught up on the news via BBC iPlayer since I got here so no idea how the situation is being portrayed back home?

      • Will

        I check for updates everyday on my sky news app but haven’t heard any updates until last night when somebody (from Tokyo) had posted a link on their facebook wall of a CNN news discussion claiming it to be more serious than the government/officials are letting on. I hope this isn’t the case.

        • http://chriskempson.com Chris Kempson

          I hope so too. I get the impression that folk generally tend to assume the government/officials might colour things a little differently. The news I’ve been reading on the net lately has been saying thing like Japan has taken a ‘giant step’ toward resolving the nuclear crisis.

  • http://sixmats.blogspot.com Sixmats

    I liked going down to Harajuku/Omotesando when I was living in Tokyo. I like how the light is falling on the building in the fifth picture.

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  • http://www.japaneseties.blogspot.com Adelaide Ben1

    Meji Jingu’s such a brilliant escape from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, and very convenient… on the Yamanote AND right next to Harajuku. You will often see traditional weddings taking place in the shrine which also makes for fantastic memories/photos. A great walk – and don’t forget to check out the Yoyogi-kouen.

  • http://thesoulofjapan.blogspot.com McAlpine

    Great subject and focus on the pics.  I almost choked up when I saw the Hinomaru in black and white.