TOKYO - Meiji Jingu - Kanda Myojin - Yushima Tenjin



This day is dedicated to the temple part of Tokyo, the spiritual aspect of the city, starting with Meiji Jingu, the shinto temple situated in the bigger green park of the city.


Meiji Shrine (明治神宮), located in Shibuya, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.













Torii - at the entrance to Meiji-jingu.
Nihonshu - Barrels of sake (nihonshu) donated to the Meiji Shrine.
Meiji Jingu Koen - This garden is more impressive to visit in spring or automn with all the specific spieces from Japan, but it's still a nice walk just before the temple.
Meiji Shrine -  After the emperor's death in 1912, the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate his role in the Meiji Restoration. An iris garden in an area of Tokyo where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken had been known to visit was chosen as the building's location.
Construction began in 1915 under Itō Chūta, and the shrine was built in the traditional nagare-zukuri style and is made up primarily of Japanese cypress and copper. It was formally dedicated in 1920, completed in 1921, and its grounds officially finished by 1926. Until 1946, the Meiji Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines.
The original building was destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II. The present iteration of the shrine was funded through a public fund raising effort and completed in October, 1958.
Priests and maidens wear traditional dress in preparation for a wedding at the Meiji Shrine -

Prayers left by visitors -
Kanda Shrine - What strikes in this temple, is the prayers left on the wood pieces, they're all manga drawings ! 
Kanda Shrine (神田明神), is a Shinto shrine located in Chiyoda. The shrine dates back 1,270 years, but the current structure was rebuilt several times due to fire and earthquakes. It is situated in one of the most expensive estate areas of Tokyo. Kanda Shrine was an important shrine to both the warrior class and citizens of Japan, especially during the Edo period, when shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu paid his respects at Kanda Shrine.
Chiyoda -
Yushima Shrine -  Yushima Tenman-gū Shrine (湯島天満宮) is a Shinto shrine devoted to Tenjin, the Kami of Learning. It is located in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo, not far from the University of Tokyo, and is a frequent site of prospective students hoping to pass the entrance exams there in April. At this time, the temple receives many offerings of ema votives to petition the kami for success at exams.
Built in 458 for another kami, Ameno-tajikaraono-mikoto (天手力雄命) of Japanese myth associated with strength and sports, the shrine was then expanded in 1355 to enshrine the kami Tenjin as well. Currently both kami are enshrined at this temple. The shrine was later rebuilt in 1455 at the behest of local warlord Ota Dokan, and enjoyed greater popularity during the Edo Period when it was visited by such Confucian scholars as Hayashi Doshun and Arai Hakuseki.
(c) Chavanitas