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Tokyo’s Grandest Meiji Shrine and a Traditional Japanese Wedding

Visiting the historic Meiji-Jingu or Meiji Shrine couldn't be more different to the nearby subculture-packed Takeshita-dori alley. From Harujuku station, we crossed over the Japanese cosplayer's destination - the Jingu Bridge (where cosplayers gather on Sunday afternoons posing for photos) - to enter the spacious, leafy grounds where the Meiji Shrine is located.

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A short walk along the wide paths amongst one hundred thousand trees took us through the biggest gate I'd seen so far in Tokyo!

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The now familiar water trough for cleansing before entering the shrine was also just outside the Meiji Shrine.

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The Meiji Shrine itself isn't too bad either, proclaimed as Tokyo's grandest Shinto Shrine.

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We had limited time when we chose to visit unfortunately, as the spacious shrine lent itself to gentle exploration and the grounds, to peaceful and unhurried walks.

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However, we were lucky enough to visit just when a wedding was taking place.

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We managed to capture the procession of the traditionally dressed couple and their families, led by a priest and his team, who all made their way across the main courtyard.

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A short ceremony occurred before the priest made an exit to side building and the families moved to prepare themselves for the group wedding photos.

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See more of this traditional wedding in the following video:



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More photos of the Meiji Shrine and the traditional Japanese wedding on Flickr



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