I always go to Omotesando and Harajuku and have been to Yoyogi Park for some events but I never had the interest of dropping by and taking a look at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. But after visiting the 2010 Photographer’s Tokyo Collection exhibition and purchasing 2 pairs of sneakers, my feet just magically brought me to one of Japan’s most famous Shinto shrines. Located at the center of Shibuya ward in the metropolis of Tokyo, it was built in commemoration to the great Emperor Meiji who brought Japan to new heights during the Meiji Restoration Era. Though it stands in the middle of an urbanized district, the shrine is surrounded by approximately 100,000 trees which were donated from different parts of Japan during its development. It just perfectly sets the vision of Emperor Meiji and Shintoism- an integration of the East and West and harmony between man and nature. The Meiji Jingu shrine, as what I’ve said earlier, is one of the most famous shrines in the country and it’s a hot spot for first prayers of the year during New Year and wedding ceremonies. Too bad, there was no scheduled matrimonial service when I went there unlike when I visited Kamakura last time. Well-known dignitaries from all around the world, such as Hilary Clinton, have visited the place to offer a prayer and as a sign of respect to the Japanese culture.
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