Japan Adventure: Day Three (Part One)

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You’ll see the Torii (Japanese gate) to Meiji Shrine where people bow after entering it. Meiji Jingu Shrine in Yoyogi.

Day three, April 24, Friday. (part one)
If you go to Japan and since I don’t want you guys to have as much trouble as we did, I’ll just repeat this important tip about the subways or trains: If you ever get lost in choosing the ticket to buy (which you most likely will), just visit the nearest information center with this symbol: ⓘ and ask for assistance, additionally, there’s almost always a “route finder” that is very informative especially to tourists which is just located near where you buy the tickets.

In the subway again, we first had our breakfast at CAFÉ de CRIÉ.
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Light, healthy meal and I don’t know why I craved for egg since day 1 but I noticed they’re lack of eggs for my bread was just like 1/3 a paste of scrambled eggs. Although, I am reminded of terrible airplane food, those chicken sausages are definitely worth remembering!

Going down from the Yoyogi station, we visited Meiji Shrine in honor of Emperor Meiji who was depicted in the movie, The Last Samurai.
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It was a long walk to actually get to the shrine and the pebbles were very annoying because for every minute that’s all you’re going to hear. Which makes it harder to take notice of so much nature and culture around. There’s maps so you won’t get lost and a bathroom when you have to turn.

Once you finish walking among the pebbles, there will be a wash area to cleanse your hands.. we didn’t try it because it isn’t our own culture.
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Then, there’s this area wherein they write wishes and hang it around this divine tree. Posted on Ig here!

DSC_6556Now to the main attraction, this is the shrine where you show respect by throwing a coin, bowing once, clapping your hands twice and bowing again. There’s a wooden barrier that gives like 10 feet distance to see the inside.

And guess what else..
DSC_6552the highlight of our day *drum roll and trumpet sounds*  an actual traditional Japanese wedding procession!  Ironically from the fictional *sounds* I said, they were all really quiet and the bride wasn’t even smiling. As you would notice in the background, everyone had their cameras pointed – the lot of us were maybe around a hundred who saw such a rare event.

13131320We were fortunate to witness this event not most tourists would come across. They were headed to the shrine with the wooden barrier we were not permitted to go into.

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I have to mention we met our fellow kababayans plenty of times in just three days! Three to five times for this day. Haha.

Headed to the exit, there were still other special tributes to the great Meiji who seemed to take Japan to the modern era, as it said in one of the signs.DSC_6591
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So these are what the Japanese call “Sake rice wine barrels”
Random fact: Regular wine making began in Japan with the adoption of Western culture during the Meiji restoration in the second half of the 19th century.

So this is the morning half of our third day in Japan. To be continued! (making two parts because there’s too much photos and words to say for just one post)

Most photos taken by my dad, edited by me.

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