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Tokyo Sights – Meiji Shrine and Harajuku

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 by in Japan, Photography, Tokyo | 0 comments

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After our visit to Sensoji (金龍山浅草寺), we headed off to our next destination of the day – Harajuku (原宿)~! ( *˘ ³˘) ~♩♬♪

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine and Harajuku 明治神宮 原宿

Our initial idea to visit Harajuku on a Sunday was ‘cos there used to be cosplayers there and I will really love to see authentic cos-playing from Japanese! Well… Since I said used to be… Sadly, it seems like cosplayers no longer hang out at the bridge nearby the Harajuku station anymore ‘cos apparently it seems like they didn’t want themselves to become tourist attractions. 。゚(。╥﹏╥。)゚。

So with a heavy heart, we decided to give Meiji Shrine (明治神宮), and unknowingly we have already visited three shrines/temple. Haha! (;゜∀゜)

As compared to Sensoji, the Meiji Shrine is actually bigger. Due to this reason, it doesn’t look as scary and crowded as Sensoji. It definitely is more lively than Hokkaido Shrine, probably due to it being Sunday and also a special occasion is going on. (*´∀`)ノ

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine and Harajuku 明治神宮 原宿

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine and Harajuku 明治神宮 原宿

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine and Harajuku 明治神宮 原宿

Saw a lot of display of Chrysanthemum along the pavement into the main area of the Meiji Shrine.

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine and Harajuku 明治神宮 原宿

The usual sights of Japanese doing the shrine etiquette before entering the shrine itself.

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine and Harajuku 明治神宮 原宿

Ema hanging on the Ema stand in the shrine itself. And some interesting items being sold for the special occasion itself.

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine and Harajuku 明治神宮 原宿

If from the many photos you still have not guess what the special occasion is, let me tell you then~! It was actually mentioned to us during our Sapporo trip with Hiromi-san. 15 November is actually known as Shichi-Go-San (七五三), also known as the day three-years-old boys and girls, five-years-old boys and seven-years-old girls visit the shrine with their parents to thank the deities for their children’s healthy growth and well-being and to pray for future good health and blessings. Meiji Shrine happened to be one of the popular shrine in Tokyo that families go to celebrate this day. Since 15 November falls on a weekday itself, usually the parents will visit the shrine with their children on a weekend instead which so happened to be the weekend that we visited~! So it’s pretty interesting to see a lot of children wearing lovely kimono and they all look so cute in them! Of ‘cos I didn’t miss out taking some lovely photos of them. ♪ ♬ ヾ(´︶`♡)ノ ♬ ♪

The little girl on the left was the cutest girl I spotted that day!!!! I can’t help trying to take a photo of her and luckily she was asked to posed for her family so I took a quick snap of her too. Isn’t she cute? Hehez. The two girls on the right were actually asked to pose for the many tourists hanging around the shrine on that day by their parents. So nice of them~! (*^^*)

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine Shichi-Go-San 明治神宮 七五三

So besides the number of children celebrating Shichi-Go-San, we also spotted an ongoing wedding photoshoot! At the start we weren’t sure ‘cos the whole ceremony looks so solemn so it took us some time to realise it was actually a wedding. Hehez. Japanese wedding is indeed different. Their guests are always in formal outfit, especially the guys who always wear their suit to attend weddings. It’s so unlike Singapore wedding where ermmmm… The people who wears suit to the wedding are probably those from the VIP table and ya, the groom. Haha! ・・・(・∀・i)・・

Tokyo Sights - Meiji Shrine Shichi-Go-San 明治神宮 七五三

So after much walking around and wandering about the insides of the Meiji Shrine, we decided to head back out to Harajuku and probably… Shop? Well that was before we got a shock. (¯∇¯٥)

LOOK. AT. THE. CROWD! f(; ✖﹏✖)ノ

Tokyo Sights - Harajuku 原宿

So ermmmm…. After walking ermmmm… Few metres? We decided to back out the few metres back onto the main road. It was honestly ridiculous to walk through this crowd. Don’t even think of SHOPPING in there on a weekend! Can’t even get past most people and we already gave up. Hahaha! (´~`ก;)

Well instead of squeezing past people, those interested can probably visit the AKB48 shop? I know this is pretty random but I honestly don’t have much to show about Harajuku now. *sad bunnies*

Tokyo Sights - Harajuku 原宿

Well, gonna end off my blog entry with an omakase~!

Tokyo Sights - Harajuku 原宿

The only cosplayer we saw that day in Harajuku was probably him and he was a pretty good sport as he posed for my camera. Hehez. Though honestly I find the mask a bit freaky but anyway I still didn’t get to find out what was he promoting for… Haha! Oops. Well I definitely will go back to Harajuku again but just NOT on a weekend. It was way to scary to wander in. Haha! (ت)♪

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