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Blink Travels: Culture and Kimonos

We had part of Sunday away from the shops, visiting Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine which is surrounded by a beautiful forest- and all in the heart of Tokyo right next to Harajuku.

Not only is the shrine and forest beautiful and inspiring, we also happened to be there on a  special day of celebration called ‘Shichi-Go-San’ which means Seven-Five-Three.  This is when girls who are three and seven, and boys who are five, come to visit a shrine with their families to make wishes for a long, happy and healthy life. The children are dressed in traditional outfits, looking absolutely divine. Its a big occasion for the families to take photos, and luckily for us, they were more than happy for us to take some pictures too!

prayers left on special wooden tablets at the shrine

wine caskets at the Meiji shrine

The Meiji shinto shrine

at the Meiji shrine

at the Meiji shrine

at the Meiji shrine

at the Meiji shrine

at the Meiji shrine

at the Meiji shrine

at the Meiji shrine

We flew to Tokyo from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic. Thanks to the Virgin Atlantic Twitter team for all their help with our plans. Thanks to all of the Virgin staff for making the long journey a pleasure!

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2 Responses to “Blink Travels: Culture and Kimonos”

  1. DeVero says:

    Those pictures are so nice! I’m so happy to see them, the details and the colors! Just lovely!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. AX80 says:

    Beautiful pictures. There’s no denying what beauty hides in the kimono’s details but the fact that they’re on little children makes them almost as delicate as flowers. The detailed flowered pattern and the wonderful use of red, green, white and black is not just a great combination but an inspiration to incorporate more color into life, whether it be through style or whatsoever.
    Great post!

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