"Meiji Jingu." Shrines and Temples Tip by Sharrie
Shrines and Temples, Tokyo: 29 reviews and 27 photos
Favorite thing: <BR>Take a stroll & experience Shintoism in the most important Shinto shrine in Tokyo, <Font face='papyrus', color='006699'><b>MEIJI JINGU (IMPERIAL SHRINE)</b></font> (1920). This is where the Emperor Meiji (reigned 1868-1912) & Empress Soken are enshrined.
<BR><b>SHINTO</b> is Japan's oldest religion.
<BR>State religion from 1870s-1940s.
<BR>Core concept: Deities (kami) preside over all things (including dead & inanimate) in nature & are worshiped at shrines (jinja) erected all over Japan, be it on the hills or along waysides.
<BR>Rituals & habits originating from Shinto: purification & austere aesthetic.
<BR><b>Torii</b>: Icon of Shinto. Gateway to the sacred precincts of the shrine.
<BR>Getting There: Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line).
<BR>Open Daily: Mar-May, Jul-Oct: 9 am - 4.30 pm; Jun: 8 am - 5 pm; Nov-Feb: 9 am - 4 pm.
Fondest memory: <BR>Walking under the canopy of cedars which leads into the shrine grounds is a very pleasant experience. The tranquility experienced here makes one forget that this is right in the center of one of the most dynamic cities in the world!
<BR>The are many wooden <i>torii</i> & the most impressive is one that the Japanese calls <i>Otorii</i> which was built in 1975 from huge logs that came from a 1500-year-old Japanese cypress on Mt. Tandai in Taiwan!
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