After our satisfying breakfast @ Mos Burger, we took the JR Yamanote Line from Ikebukuro to Harajuku Station. The train is very crowded even after 9am and halfway through the journey, there was an announcement in Japanese (which I totally could not understand). Apparently, I think there was some fault with the train ahead or so. After some wondering and guessing what happened, we finally reach Harajuku without much trouble, 😀
We follow the signage and manage to exit at the entrance that is nearer to Meiji Shrine which is located within 3 minutes from the station (Next to it). You will first see this big Torii Gate which is the start of the long walk towards Meiji Shrine main hall.
The walk to the main hall is about 15 – 20 minutes if you walk at a comfortable pace and enjoying the forested area, the quietness away from sounds of a busy city, the fresh air from the trees, the warmth from the sunshine, the chill from the wind and of cos, taking photos. For me, it is a time to relax, reflect and forget about all things stressful / unhappy.
The pathway is covered with pebbles, so do wear comfortable shoes and oh, your shoes may be dirtied or dusted (dusty) like mine after the walk. Lol.
At the middle of the forest, Meiji Shrine has an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. The approximately 100,000 trees that make up the forested area were planted during the shrine’s construction and were donated from regions across the entire country.
Upon the sight of another Torii Gate, we finally saw the Main Hall of Meiji Shrine bathing itself under the sunshine! How grant!
History of Meiji Shrine – It is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and 6 years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.
It is one of the Japan’s most popular shrines. On the first day of New Year, the shrine regularly welcomes more than 3 million visitors for the year’s first prayers (hatsumode), more than any other shrine or temple in the country. During the rest of the year, traditional Shinto weddings can also be seen here.
Before entering the shrine, it is always a tradition to cleanse your hands and mouth.
When I go to shrine, I love to write my wish on an ema which can be bought from the shop near the entrance which also sells charms and amulets.
I always will write in Chinese because I feel it will suits the Japanese context more (since Japanese has Kanji). Haha. Ok, I live in my own world of weird logic. 😛
This is cute! My small ema compared with this huge ema!