Monday, June 22, 2015

1 week in Tokyo - Day 6: Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya, Roppongi

Today we met at Meiji Shrine Main Entrance, Torii Gate.

Torii Gate
Jane went astray again and this time she asked a passenger who doesn’t know English, and the kind passenger drew a map to show her how to reach Meiji Shrine from there.
There are a few manners we have to be aware of in a shrine:

1.       Bow before passing through the Torii Gate. (Passing through Torii Gate means stepping into the domain of the Gods, so we have to pay respect before passing through)

2.       Walk at the side space of the path. (It is believed that the center space of the path is the path of the Gods)
Jane washing hand at temizuya
3.       Purify your hands and mouth at the “temizuya”
                        i.            Scoop water with a ladle in your right hand and wash your left hand.
                      ii.            Switch the ladle to the left and wash your right hand.
                     iii.            Switch the ladle back to the right, and pour some water on you left palm to rinse your mouth.
                    iv.            Tip the ladle to rinse it off using the remaining water.
                      v.            PS: We only scoop water once.
4.       To pray (take off your hat or cap)
                     i.            Throw softly your offering coin in to the offertory box. (normally I use 5JPY, because it means good relationship)
                   ii.            Ring the bell to greet the God (if there is a bell)
                  iii.            Bow twice, Clap Twice, Pray in your heart, Bow once.

Then we went to the Line Store in Harajuku. Oh, Brown! Cony! Sally!
Line Store at Harajuku
Then we took our lunch at Eggs n’ Things. I love their pancakes and the cream on it. There were Maple Syrup, Coconut Syrup and Guava Syrup provided as topping. We ordered eggs benedict and strawberry pancake.
Strawberry pancakes and Eggs benedict

With full loads of food in stomach, we went shopping at Forever 21 there and were tired just after shopping there. Then we went to Shibuya to take a photo with Hachiko and at the junction.
the statue of Hachiko, the loyal dog, at Shibuya

Shibuya Crossing
Then Jane went to Roppongi for night view and I returned to my dorm.
Tokyo Tower from Roppongi

Big Spider at Roppongi

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