Sunday, June 17, 2012

Colors of Tokyo /// Day 26 - Meijijingu Shrine (明治神宮) - Part 2

LouLou and I planned to visit Menji Jingu Shrine together on the weekend. I had visited the shrine on my own earlier this month, at the start of summer. We met at the Chiyoda-sen's Meiji jingu mae station, smack in the middle of Harajuku. 

It was near dusk when we entered the grounds. Parts of the shrine had already begun to sink into shadow. The grounds open and close at sunrise and sunset and attract about 3,500,000 visitors per year. The park rangers had already begun to make closing announcements by the time we reached the shrine gates.

While it is not uncommon for displays of giant barrels of sake to line the paths of shrines, Menji Jingu has the unique addition of barrels of grape whine. This is due to Emperor Meiji's love for foreign grape whine, which had recently been introduced to Japan after it's period of seclusion had ended.

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