Meiji Shrine, Japan – Day 1(c)

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū), located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.

After the emperor’s death in 1912, the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate his role in the Meiji Restoration. An iris garden in an area of Tokyo where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken had been known to visit was chosen as the building’s location. Construction began in 1915, and the shrine was built in the traditional Nagarezukuri style and is made up primarily of Japanese cypress and copper. It was formally dedicated in 1920, completed in 1921, and its grounds officially finished by 1926. Until 1946, the Meiji Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines. The original building was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund raising effort and completed in October, 1958


Sake for the shrine
Sake offerings along the long stone walkway into the shrine surrounded by lots of trees.

Please cleanse yourself
Please cleanse yourselves before entering the shrine.

Meiji Shrine
The entrance to the inner complex.

Attentiveness of the Japanese
A wedding was taking place at the time I was there. When they were arranging for the guests to take the group photos. All their personal belongings were placed inside this and covered with a net. Very thoughtful gesture 🙂


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. astrorainfall @ beauty box
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 10:09:42

    Love your photos here….esp the sake drums and the one of the shrine…the colours are so intense.

  2. Xuan-er
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 19:49:20

    @ym: thanks, but the sake drum photo turned out a little blur. Anyway welcome back to blogosphere and congrats to your new marriage

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