We arrived at Tokyo's Narita airport around 7AM in the morning. Since our friend was arriving that afternoon, we decided to explore Tokyo in the morning. The train ride from Narita Airport to Tokyo was about 75 minutes. Our first stop was Meiji-jingu shrine which is only 15 minutes walk from Shibuya station (we later realized that Harajuku station is the closest).
Meiji-jingu shrine's construction started during the Emperor Meiji's time in 1915 and was completed in 1920. The shrine was destroyed during the World War II but was rebuilt in 1958. Today, the shrine was visited by millions of tourist who visit Tokyo every year. It is the perfect place to get away from the busy city.
Sure, there are lots of tourists here but if you observe close enough, you can see a functioning temple underneath of it all. I was really attracted to monks and attendees going about their day to day activities.
We were lucky to witness two traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies during our short visit to the temple. These ceremonies happened in the afternoon just when the golden light was reaching the temple. I am happy I got the chance to capture human elements at this shrine. They are for sure my favorite shots from this photo walk. As Tiffany mentioned in this week's theme post, the human element can certainly make an interesting photo. It is probably one of the strongest storytelling tools.
There are a lot of beautiful girls with Kimonos (traditional Japanese dress) everywhere in this temple. This little girl caught my eye because she was spinning everywhere and showing off her new dress.
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