Sacred to startling

Today was a day of contrasts; we began with a visit to Meji-jingu Shrine deep in a beautiful old forest, with Shinto weddings taking place and adorable children dressed in traditional costumes attending for blessings. Then we couldn’t visit Yoyogi Park as it was closed due to “an emergency” [turned out to be an outbreak of Dengue fever…] so ended up at a lovely street market and a stroll down into Harajuku with lots of amazingly dressed people. Elaborate filled crepes seemed to be a specialty, so we tried some [Peach Sorbet was incredibly delicious!]. Lots of shops have elaborately costumed men & women to lure in customers. Some of the girls look like plastic dolls bought to life!
Finally we visited Akihabara for Tim to play in a famous games arcade [& to admire the locals playing]. Too loud for us so we retreated & picked him up later! Heading home the trains were packed but somehow it is still easy to get on and off as everyone is so orderly.
Back at the hotel we collapsed tiredly for a while & then headed out to buy dinner from the local convenience store. Sounds dubious I know, but the food is cheap and delicious. Afterwards Rod & I went for a walk to East Shinjuku to admire the neon lights and nightlife & found the infamous Robot Restaurant…not that we went in but there were a few rather startling robots out the front!

Robot Restaurant, Shinjuku

Robot Restaurant, Shinjuku

Girls at Akihabara

Girls at Akihabara

Nick with his black Halloween Burger

Nick with his black Halloween Burger

Costumes at Harajuku

Costumes at Harajuku

Unicorn Girl

Unicorn Girl

Fairy girl at the markets

Fairy girl at the markets

Bonsai flowers

Bonsai flowers

Enough queuing!

Enough queuing!

All dressed up for the shrine

All dressed up for the shrine

Meji-jingu Tori gate

Meji-jingu Tori gate

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2 Responses to Sacred to startling

  1. Violet says:

    Such fun Halloween costumes! And the little girls dressed in traditional ensembles for the shrine visit are so lovely. Peach sorbet crepes sounds delicious!

  2. 4cassandra says:

    Everything looks so exciting and so wonderful ! I wish we were there 🙂

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