Saturday, January 23, 2016

Meiji-Jingu Temple and Chinatown Yokohama

I didn't get to the Quilt Festival today. I have decided to go tomorrow as it will be snowing and thought spending the day in the Tokyo Dome under cover would be better than walking the streets playing tourist. We visited the Meiji-Jingu Shrine.
 Tori Gate entrance.

 The outer garden was being prepared for it's Iris Garden. They aren't beared but bulb varieties.
No doubt the sight will be stunning when they are flowering.
 At the entrance of the Temple, worshipers and visitors are asked to wash their hands and drink from this water well to cleanse the spirits.
 The Meiji-Jingu Temple is a Shinto Shrine where the souts of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined. It was built in 1920 and over 100,000 trees donated at the time of enshrinement form a solemn forest.

 Shinto Priests.
 After the Temple we wandered down the street to the Oriental Bazaar, a shop that sells traditional Japanese crafts and wares. This is a 100 year old piece of Boro, it is a futon cover. Boro are pieces of old fabric sewn together to make a larger piece.
 Looking inside the futon cover.
 The floral piece is a cover that is laid over the futon as a quilt or blanket.
It has been stencilled.
 2 more Boro pieces.

 Noticed these figurines skipping up the side of a building in Shibuya.
 The Shibuya Crossing, known as The Scramble is the famous crossing. Approx, 1,000 pedestrians cross this crossing at each change of lights.
 It is best viewed from the 2nd floor of Starbucks. 
 After lunch we decided to catch a train to Yokohama to visit Chinatown.
45 minutes and a change of stations. Handmade pork buns.
 When a new business is opened or a new Manager starts, they are sent beautiful floral arrangements for wishing them good luck.

Standing on the train platform, looked down and saw this Iris plaque.
Not sure what it is for, but it was lovely.


  1. Love the door with the leaves cut out.

  2. Don't know why, but I was surprised to discover that Tokyo has a Chinatown. But now I feel like some steamed buns!