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.

Above, tourist posing with a woman celebrating her Coming of Age Day. It is a Japanese holiday held in January for those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) over the past year. On that day, many women wear a furisode kimono, often with a fur collar.

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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