BOW's Trip @Tokyo # 1 [ Come and worship at Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine), the second to none super attraction in Tokyo ]

BOW's Trip @ # 1 [ Come and worship at Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine), the second to none super attraction in Tokyo ]

Oliver left Osaka for Tokyo and starts a new life in Tokyo. When he left Osaka, Yuko introduced to Oliver a person and said that the person can help him in any way. Not yet familiar with Tokyo, Oliver contacted the person at once to meet him. Then who is "the person" on earth... Sightseeing series delivered by yukobow illustration, here comes the Tokyo part.

Yuko Yuko is a girl of the sixth grade of elementary school and lives in Osaka because of the work of her parents.Yoko has a brother three years younger than her, and Yuko is a very good sister who always take her brother into consideration.  Oliver Oliver is a boy who come to Japan because of his parents. He is a second-year middle school student and the eldest son of Brauns, he has two younger sisters. Because it is the first time for him come to Japan, so he is very interested in everything in Japan.  Hoshi Ojisan Hoshi Ojisan, who has been living with Yuko, just like a fairy of the star. He seems to have come to work from an alien planet somewhere else. O) Finally I'll start my life in Tokyo. But it's really lonely without Yuko around. Oh yes, I can write to Yuko a lot from Tokyo! Well, today I will meet the person Yuko introduced to me. We have an appointment to meet around here... B) Hello, are you Oliver? O) Yes! I'm Oliver, and you're... B) Well, yes, I'm Yuko's friend BOW. O) B... BOW? (What a strange name...) B)  Yes, Oliver, nice to meet you! Then today let us go to a place where we can bless Oliver to start a wonderful life in Tokyo! O) O... Okay! BOW, nice to meet you! B) This is the place I'd like to take Oliver to today. The second to none super attraction in Tokyo - Meiji Jingu. Only 2 minutes' walk from Harajuku Station! O) I've been to a famous Shinto shrine in Osaka, but this one is quite large too! And it is on such a busy street! B) This is a shrine worshipping Emperor Meiji and Empress Dowager Shoken. The number of visitors worshipping here during Hatsumōde at the beginning of each year ranks No.1 in Japan. Many people both at home and abroad visit here and it is one of the top tourist attractions in Japan. It was also named by the Michelin company as one of the "20 three-star tourist attractions in Japan". Then let's go in and worship! O) This... Torii is so large...! B) Oliver, you even know "torii"! O) Yes, Yuko told me when we went to Hatsumode (the practice of visiting a shrine or a temple during the New Year). B) This torii can be taken as the signature of Meiji Jingu. It is the largest torii in Japan with 12 meters high and weighs 13 tons. That's the same as 260 of me! O) 260 BOWs... O) But being here it really doesn't feel like you're in the streets of Tokyo! I feel like being in a forest. B) This forest was planted with about 120,000 trees donated by the whole country when the Meiji Jingu was founded. It can also be regarded as the forest of people. Is it very healing to be in this green? When feeling a little bit tired, it is good to come here and enjoy the peace. B) Then here is the super popular spot -- "Kiyomasa-no-ido". Every day 60 liters of well water are gushing here continuously. Wells with water gushing are rare in Tokyo, so it's said that if you take the photo of this well as wallpaper of your mobile phone, it will help boost your luck! O) The water is also clear! I feel like I look well at a draught. I'm going to take a photo and send to Yuko! * Kiyomasa-no-ido locates in Meiji Jingu Gyoen, 500-yen admission fee is charged for entering the Gyoen B) Now let's go on an official worship! O) Before that we should clean ourselves at Mitarashiba! Yuko taught me. B) Yuko is such a reliable girl. O) Wow, the tree and the main hall are so magnificent! B) The tree you can see on the left is the Goshinboku (Sacred tree) called "Meoto-kusu". It looks like there is only one tree, but actually there are two trees leaning against each other. The gesture looks like a snuggling couple, so it is considered as a symbol of family peace and unity. Oliver do you also want to pray for your relationship with Yuko here. LOL. B) Oliver, Yuko also taught you how to worship right? O) Of course! Thanks to Yuko, I learned the worship etiquette in shrine. B) Finally, let's go draw a O-mikuji (god sign) before going back. Oliver, speaking of O-mikuji, what do you think of? O) Speaking of O-mikuji, it is "daikichi (excellent luck)"! When Yuko and I went to Hatsumoude, we both got daikichi! B) Then you should precious the O-mikuji you got. Usually the god signs are with words like daikichi, kichi (good luck) or kyo (bad luck), but this is not the case here in Meiji Jingu. Are you wondering what it says? It is about the "tanka" sung by Emperor Meiji and Empress Dowager Shoken who loved to recite poems when they alive. The reason for not rating god signs is to show that everyone is equal. So these are also the god signs from which you can feel the heart of the Emperor. O) Yuko taught me tanka too! This O-mikuji is written in English, so I can understand it! B) The English version has been available since 1968, and the content is the same as the Japanese version. B) Then Oliver, next time we're going for a drink~! You should be well prepared! O) I am still under age, I'd rather drink oolong tea with you...! (Is this the drinking culture in Japan...!) Dear Yuko Yuko, how are you recently? BOW took me to worship at the Meiji Jingu! The worshipping etiquette you taught me before is very useful! I attached to you a picture of the well that can boosts your luck in the legends. From Oliver
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