Meiji Jingu Shrine 50th Anniversary Celebration

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 08, 2008

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Tonight I went to the 2nd of a 2 night spectacle set up at Meiji Jingu Shrine right in the heart of Tokyo on Omotesando Dori. The Yamanote train was pretty packed getting there and it was obvious coming out of Harajuku station that something more than the norm was going on by the numbers of people heading towards Meiji Jingu.

Usually the shrine is closed at night with the exception of New Years Eve when Tokyoites visit in their droves to celebrate Oshogatsu. The last two nights have been an exception. Why? This is the 50th anniversary of the rebuilding of the shrine after it was destroyed during WWII.

It really was fabulous walking through the darkness with just lanterns and lights guiding the way. In addition to the wall of lights at the entrance to the shrine there was also traditional Japanese dancing, while in the middle of the shrine itself you could watch kabuki being performed. Rather than talk about it anymore, here's some pics of what was going on.
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starlagurl on

Great night shots!
Boy do I know how hard it is to get those ones right. Great job.

Louise Brown
TravelPod Community Manager

uktokyoite on

Hi Louise,

Thanks for the comp. Trust me, for everyone that came out, there were about 10 that didn't!

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