明治神宮/meiji jingu.

January 21, 2014



Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 2013
Pentax K1000, Kodak Portra 800 Film

When we were planning our trip to Tokyo, I knew immediately that I wanted to visit Meiji Jingu.

Meiji Jingu is a shinto shrine located in Shibuya, one of Japan's busiest neighborhoods. The shrine halls are nestled inside a large wooded area - it is very green and natural, and it felt far from the city. Inside the shrine gates, I longed to learn more about the shinto religion. I was moved by so many visitors practicing cleansing rituals and writing prayers and wishes on the ema, wooden plaques left hanging near the shrine to be received by the spirits. Please visit here when you travel to Tokyo. Enjoy a black sesame ice cream cone and take a quiet, spiritual stroll. Cleanse and make a wish.

From the shrine's website:
This shrine is dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken (their tombs are in Kyoto). Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912 and Empress Shoken in 1914. After their demise, people wished to commemorate their virtues and to venerate them forever. So they donated 100,000 trees from all over Japan and from overseas, and they worked voluntarily to create this forest. Thus, thanks to the sincere heart of the people, this shrine was established on November 1, 1920.

Related Stories

0 comments

Popular Posts

Instagram