The Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū) is located in the heart of modern Tokyo, Shibuya. It is a Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine, sheltered by a 700,000 square-meter forest of 120,000 evergreen trees, donated from all parts of Japan when it was established, was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.

 

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The shrine consists of two large areas: the Inner Garden, with the main shrine buildings; and the Outer Garden, with sports arenas and the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. The shrine grounds are entered through two of Japan’s largest torii (shrine gates), made of beautiful cypress wood more than 1,700 years old.

It was great to see all the different people who go there for tourism, leisure and ceremonies. Head for the central shrine of Meiji Jingu as this is where people gather. On Sundays you would be able to see many couples getting married. We were there for about 20 Minutes and witnessed 3 weddings in that time alone. The best thing is that admission is free! However, you have to pay 500 yen to be admitted into the Inner Garden. Check out the admission price and timings here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3002.html

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Meiji Shine is the most famous shine in Japan and is relatively related to the Japanese’s normal life as there are many wedding graduations and mitzvahs there. Last but not least, the shine is also a place that people can pin their aspirations on the walls there.

meiji Priests making their way to the Meiji Shrine

It is great for walking with plenty of shady areas. BUT, be warned, there are no drinks available in the park, so go prepared and bring enough drinks during the time you are there.

– Liu Mu

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/ceremonies/1.html

The One, The Only, The Amazing…

As a big fan of anime, I often read them online as well as offline in my free time. When we think about anime, we unwittingly relate it to Japan. Well, fans of anime, today is your lucky day! Let me introduce to you the places my friends told me about when they visited Japan.

 

Akihabara is a place that surprises everyone who visits Japan for the first time. Akihabara, commonly known as Akiba, it is well-known as the Electric Town and is centered around Chuo-dori street and Kanda Myojin-dori street located in Tokyo, Japan. There are various establishments around the district that range from shops selling latest electronic gadgets such as smartphones to electrical components. Akihabara is also known as a mecca for Otakus. Otakus is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom.

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As Japan is a focal point for all anime fans, Japanese anime, comics and idol related items are present including Maid cafes! Visitors who loves anime or are fans of Japanese idols from around the world will be fascinated by Akihabara’s charm.

 

Let me present to you the electrical shops. The shops here are dedicated to electronic parts, used PCs, smartphone accessories, gaming gear and even spy cameras. These advanced technologies are what helped Akihabara to become famous and attract many customers around the world.

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Akihabara have many unique shops for Otakus especially the Maid Cafés. Maid Cafés are restaurants where waitresses are dressed like French maids to serve the customers. In addition to serving food, the maids engage in conversations and games with the customers while treating them as if they are the master of the house. Maid Cafes are popular with both men and women around the world.

 

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If you are planning to travel to Japan, it is a must to visit Akihabara! They have the most advanced technology on their electronic devices and these places are the best-suited areas to fully experience the booming Akihabara cultures. Paying a visit to the Maid Café is also a must! Have you ever been served by a maid while having your meals? It not, it is a once in a lifetime experience, and we may also benefit from it as a part of a cultural experience in Japan.

– Liu Mu
Resources:

https://sg.sushiandsake.net/tokyo/akihabara

http://toupini.com/akihabara-shops-3/

http://www.photoeverywhere.co.uk/east/japan/tokyo/slides/electric_town.htm

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