The best way to spend Sunday in Tokyo is walking around Yoyogi Park. We like to revisit places we have seen before to see if and how things have changed.
Rows of traditional barrels of sake (Nihonshu). Those (now empty and on display) barrels were donated to Meiji Shrine by corporations and famous individuals. Each barrel is decorated with some distinguishing image or writing.
Baseball is very popular in Japan. We kept seeing kids dressed up in uniforms everyday, sitting at coffee shops, on the metro and in the park. We also passed by several baseball stadiums and parks while travelling on trains.
“Instructions: 1. Rinse your left hand, rinse your right hand. 2. Pour water into your left hand and rinse your mouth. 3. Rinse your left hand and rinse the dipper.” You are not supposed to touch the dipper directly with your lips.
Shinto monk bangs on a big drum
These small, painted wooden tablets are Ema. You can purchase them for 500yen, write down your wish or hope (school kids usually wish for exam success, others health or money), pray to the gods and then hang it in the shrine or take it home. In Meiji Shrine the Emas are popular with tourists as well. We saw Emas written in English, German, Spanish and French.
Everyone is curious of other people’s wishes.