The Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shōken. Meiji Shrine sits within an evergreen forest that covers 700,000 square-meters, including 120,000 trees of 365 different species. These trees were donated by people from across Japan when the shrine was completed in the 1920s.

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The 12-meter torii gate at the entrance to the Meji Shrine park is made from 1,500-year-old cypress.

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The Meiji Shrine was destroyed during air raids in World War II – but rebuilt in 1958

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Sake by the mega-load – public donations to the Meiji Shrine

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Ceremony at Meiji Shrine – Tokyo Japan

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The saleswoman assured me that the souvenir / talisman I bought would bring a traveler good luck. I was heading to Mexico and Central America, next

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I followed the Shinto ritual …

And wrote a prayer on a piece of paper and tied it upon the wall, put some yen into the offering box, bowed my head twice, clapping twice, and bowing once more. I prayed that I would finally find a girlfriend – a real relationship (and I did … in Mexico).

Travels in Japan – 2009

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