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Blink Travels: Culture and Kimonos

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

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!