Meiji Shrine

The shrine for Emperor Meiji and his Empress' spirtits. Emperor Meiji is famous for encouraging the Japanese to learn about the ways of other cultures (we call it the Meiji Restoration). Both he and the Empress were poets, and sometimes communicated to their "subjects" via poems.

 

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I like the contrast of this shot. I'm in the middle of Tokyo, in the Meiji Shrine, But I can see the buildings of Shinjuku peeking through.

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Just a detail shot. This is the kind of lamp that's used along the pathways to the shrine.

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This is the Yoyogi stadium - parts of the 1966 Olympics were held here. It's just outside of the shrine - close to Harajuku (another page should be dedicated to Harajuku)

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These rotten birds are flying all over the grounds of the shrine. I see them throughout the city too. Now, I know why E.A Poe was so fascinated with them. Very eerie. "'Nevermore', quoth the raven"

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Just a shot of me - the gaijin - lost in a sea of Japanese. Too bad you don't get the full, engulfing feeling from this shot.

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Just a strange building on the way to the Meiji shrine. There are some very strange shapes and sizes in the city - I could dedicate a page - but too boring.

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The Tori gates are awesome. Very, very big. They stand at the entrance/exit of the shrine grounds.

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