Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine), Harajuku
3 Tips About Meiji Shrine
Posted on: September 30, 2010 at 1:32AM
One of the Great places to visit in Tokyo is Meiji Shrine.
You enter through the shrine grounds - a beautiful and peaceful green forest .
You can hardly believe you're just a few steps away from the busy center of Tokyo.
If you're lucky you'll catch a traditional Shinto wedding held at the shrine. The brides usually wear the traditional Japanese wedding kimono, and it's a great peep into Japanese culture.
Sundays and Thursdays are the best time to visit the shrine. New families come for a very special and touching ceremony - presenting their babies.
A few of the local traditions include purification before praying - rinsing the hands and mouth in the hand-washing stone basin at the entrance to the shrine.
Throwing coins into a box is considered offering a present to the gods.
The prayer itself is short - bow twice, clap your hands twice, pray and then bow once again.
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