Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮; Meiji Jingu) is a shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. It is located near Yoyogi Park. I visited it in January, on the same day as the Coming of Age day (成人の日; Seijin-no-Hi).

Above, north entrance, coming from Yoyogi station.

Above, 2014 is the year of the horse in the Chinese zodiac.

Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority over the past year.

Above, ice sculpture exhibition.

Above, inside the Meiji Shrine Inner Garden.

Above, a tanuki inside the garden.

Above, those people are lining up for access to the Kiyomasa Well.

Above, torii at the main entrance, near Harajuku station.

 

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