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Famous Shinto Shrine in Tokyo

Hi! Thank you for visiting our website. This is Yoko writing this week.

Well, the state of emergency has been lifted, and many shops, restaurants and facilities are reopen. The government will continue to ease restrictions, though the new cases of the coronavirus are surging again these days.

In that time, I went to Meiji Jingu shrine. It’s been a while since my last visit.

<About Meiji Jingu shrine>

When I visit the shrine, I usually start to walk from the main torii gate near JR Harajuku station, and go to the main hall. It takes about 10 minutes’ walk. But there are other entrances.

One of them is Sangubashi Entrance. Few people are walking compared to the main gate. I feel as if I went on a picnic. Can you believe I was at the central Tokyo?

Look at this tree! The trunks are covered with moss. I’ve never seen trees like that. It’s very quiet and the air is so fresh. The forest in the precinct made me feel great, in spite of an artificial forest.

This is chozuya which is the place for washing your hand and rinsing your mouth to purify yourself before praying. Can you see water dropping from a bamboo pipe? You can wash your hand directly so that you don’t have to share ladles. It’s for preventing the spread of infection.

Omikuji usually tells you good luck or bad luck. But omikuji of this shrine tells you a message based on poems written by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Messages are translated into English. I would like you to try to draw one!

While walking, I saw brimming sunflowers that gave me energy. I like sunflowers so much!

Meiji Jingu shrine is located in the central part of Tokyo, and surrounded by forests. This is one of the most famous sightseeing spots. I would like you to visit there when you come to Tokyo especially for the first time.

I hope everyone can go anywhere soon. Until then, please stay safe!
Thank you for reading. See you next time!

Yoko Yoshida, a member of iTWS japan LLP
e-mail: yoko.yoshida@i3ws.co.jp

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