Monday, November 03, 2008

Tokyo Day 1: Meiji Shrine, Harajuku

Steps away from the somewhat futuristic weirdness of cosplayers we have the Meiji Shrine Park, a quiet, serene park with some 178 acres of green, leafy woods. The boys wanted to go for a walk in the park, little did I realise how deep in the shrine was. We had to walk so much!

This photo of paper lamps was taken outside the park.

The boys posing in front of the Torii Gate entrance to the Meiji Shrine Park.

Yes, we walked and walked and walked on these gravel stones.

Along the way, we saw a number of kids (boy/girl pairs) in their traditional costumes. Really cute.

There was a free chrysanthemum exhibition taking place during the last week of October till the 3rd week of November.

Bonsai chrysanthemums.

Entrance to Meiji Shrine.

We were pretty tired after the long walk so sat down just watching folks walking around.

Trying out my new Canon lens. Like the effect?

And then I saw lots of people gathering and being naturally kaypoh, zoomed over. Lots of westerners were taking pictures of this couple, I think it's a wedding ceremony.

I may be wrong; this may not be a real wedding and this couple may be models, cos don't they look too good? The groom has such a unique look about him.

We made our way back to Shinjuku after this. Had bentos for dinner and Sean had a McRib. Checked the weather for the next few days and found that there were two bright sunny days following the slightly drizzly Day 1. Decided to head for Disneyland the next day.


monlim said...

The walk from the Torii to Meiji Shrine is about 800m. No wonder you were out of breath! Looks great, we didn't go in all the way, we only went to the Iris garden. The groom looks like a young Koizumi!!

Lilian said...

Wah, that's almost 1km walk! Midway through, when it didn't seem like we were anywhere near the shrine, I was already regretting, felt like turning back.

You're right, like a young Koizumi, who I think is extremely dashing. Groom's hair so cool.

bACk in GERMANY said...

Luuuurve yr shots with your new lens!!! *envy*

Lilian said...

Thanks, you'll get yours soon!

Wah very pekchek, internet connection not working at home. Now logging in from school :(