230 - 12th September 2006 - Tokyo


Our room at the Akasaka Sunroute


The Bathroom


Hi-Tech Toilet!


The Entrance to the Meiji Shrine area


Lantern


The tor-ii gates - This pair are the biggest wooden set in Japan


The purification area


More tor-ii


Entering the main shrine area


Wooden building throughout


Door detail


Inside the main square


The Meiji Shrine


Chris in the rain


Beam details


Big drum! I think it's called a Taiko


Looking across the main shrine area


People offer prayers, and often a few yen of money, to the spirits here


The ends of the wood are all painted white - A nice effect I later learn is to help stop insects burrowing into the grain,


A little office area


Door detail


The main shrine


Each one of these wooden blocks has a prayer written on it


The blocks cost 500 yen each


and then you too can be rich, rich, rich!!!!


An empty courtyard


Charm stalls - 1000 yen will protect you from traffic for a year


Inside the Meiji Jingu Garden - This is the tea house


Huge fish come to see us by the lake


The lake - More of a big pond really


It's called the South Pond


Path through the garden


A spring in the gardens


Lanterns


Downtown Tokyo - The Ginza District


A bit like Picadilly Circus or Times Square


The Kabuki-Za theater


Ginza


Downtown Ginza


The Shinkansen arrives and the cleaners line up for the fastest train turnaround you will ever see!