A Walk to Meiji Shrine and Harajuku area

On Tuesday we held our first classroom meeting.  Our classroom is on the 5th floor with a hazy view of the Tokyo skyline. There are numerous classrooms being used for a variety of purposes.  Here’s the sign for ours and the view inside our classroom.

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The students learned about Shintoism and prepared for their first visit to a Shinto shrine. After lunch we then met to walk through Yoyogi park and to the entrance of the Meiji Shrine.

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After participating in the purification rite of pouring water over you hands, we walked through yet another torii gate. There some students chose to purchase good luck items.

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Just before we were planning to leave the shrine we found ourselves in the midst of a traditional Shinto wedding ceremony!

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The rest of the afternoon students were free to explore the Harjuku area nearby before we met for a group dinner. Takeshita Street was a major attraction.

IMG_2687Our dinner was traditional okonomiyaki, a sort of cook your own savory pancake!

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