Day 7: The Meiji Jingu Shrine

Today I went to Harajuku to take a look at the Meji Jingu shrine. I’ve been there once before with Hide and Josefin.

This is the first “tori” – the portal – to the area.

The tori leading to the temple

The tori leading to the temple

The path to the shrine is so beautiful, even when it’s autumn. Last time I visited the meiji shrine, it was summer and rain season.

Really breathtaking nature. Still so green!

Really breathtaking nature. Still so green!

At home in Sweden, the winter has turned everything grey and dark.

At home in Sweden, the winter has turned everything grey and dark.

Very early I got approached by these colleague students; Yuka, Shun, Yu and Natsumi. ^^ They wanted to join me to practice their English and I got good company and guides. Perfect!

Yuka, Shun, Yu and Natsumi

Yuka, Shun, Yu and Natsumi

These guys were adorable and I loved to spend some time with them. They were so nice and they knew so much about the place. We walked and talked a lot.

I love to stroll in this area.

I love to stroll in this area.

This is one of the biggest Tori's. Maybe the biggest in whole Tokyo (or even Japan)? I'm not sure if I remember it correctly.

This is one of the biggest Tori’s. Maybe the biggest in whole Tokyo (or even Japan)? I’m not sure if I remember it correctly.

These guys told me so many interesting things.

Natsumi told me that this was a “couple tree”. One tree is the wife and one is the husband. They are united through the earth. These trees stood outside the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

A couple tree

A couple tree

Yuka was a big Gackt-fan so we sang Vanilla together while walking. ^^ Well, I hummed mostly, I don’t know the lyrics in Japanese. She had seen him live twice.

Shun showed me how to pray at the temple. We threw coins into some kind of wooden box, bowed twice and clapped our hands twice. Then we prayed. And then we clapped our hands once again.

I hope my wish will come true…

Shun, Yuka, Yu and Natsumi stands in front of the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Shun, Yuka, Yu and Natsumi stands in front of the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

I bought these charms at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Different charms have different purposes. I will give them to my brother, his wife and my niece. That small one is especially made for children to keep them with good health.

Charms

Charms

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