Headed to Meiji Jingu Shrine in the light rain. There is a torii gate just in front of the west exit of the newly rebuilt Harajuku Station.
In the Nihon Shoki, the old history book, there were only three "Jingu" shrines, Ise Jingu, Izumo Jingu, Ishigami Jingu, and then another three "Jingus", Ise Jingu, Kashima Jingu, and Katori Jingu, in the Heian period. After the Meiji era, the most shrines that enshrine the imperial family came to be called "Jingu" by the decree of the emperor.
Bowed at the torii gate and proceed through the precincts of Meiji Jingu. Shinto religion has been a natural belief since ancient times, and the sanctuary inside the torii is a place where people share their prayers. Be sure to give a bow when entering and exiting Torii. Today, went to the Meiji Shrine Museum on the right.
A museum designed by Kengo Kuma, which opened in October of Reiwa 1 (2019) as part of the Centennial Festival Memorial Project. "Meiji Jingu Shrine" exhibition was being held until December 8th
Many of exhibition were related to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, and photography was prohibited on the exhibits. Emperor Meiji had a particularly physical and fearless face in the recent imperial line. He was even more brave and loved swords. He is said he hated photography, but the costumes he used in his rare photographs were on display here.
The second floor of the building with no imperial exhibits. The inside is new and splendid, and the trees outside are dignified and beautiful.
1st floor. Meiji Jingu Shrine is a wonderful space with deep greenery as if standing in a deep forest because the shrine area is surrounded by many trees.
After bowing at the torii gate again and leaving the sanctuary, headed to the east exit on the opposite side of Harajuku Station. Redevelopment has progressed in front of the station, and a large commercial facilities were built.
For dinner, took out from the famous Neapolitan pizza restaurant "Napoli Sta'ca" near Komazawa University. The restaurant inside was very busy and almost full.
They have two branches, Kamiyacho and Komazawa University. This branch offers 5 types of pizza.
"Margherita". This is the must for pizza lovers.
"Quattro Formaggio". The most popular pizza for cheese lovers.
The wines were "Radikon (Merlot)", Niigata Honda Vineyards and Winery's "Fermier (Cabernet Dorsa and Cabernet Mitos)", and "Den-en (Chardonnay)". Radikon is a famous wine of Friuli Venezia Julia of Northern Italy. Delicious natural wine. Niigata's Fermier is also a delicious natural Japanese wine.
In addition, Merlot (red) from "Yamazaki Winery" in Hokkaido. This is also a delicious natural wine.
Unexpectedly, all the wines were natural. Compared to wines from all over France, where can expect a certain level of quality no matter which one drink, Japanese wines have evolved considerably. Would like to expect further improvements in the balance between price and quality.
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