Sunday stroll in Yoyogi Park

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.

Great Torii at the entrance of the park and the largest in Japan (11meters tall).

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.

Completely different light away from the dense green forest surrounding the Shrine.

Paying respect at Temizuya (font) Meiji Jingu.

“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.

Hiding from the sun on the grounds of Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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.

Park lamp.

Spotted a pair of Japanese Raccoon dogs (Tanuki) in the park. They seemed quite tame and curious.

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