Huge Torii welcomed us with a giant branch , July 15, Meiji Jingu

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Thank you very much for joining us even when it was a
very hot day. We appreciate all of our guests whom were  brave enough to
overcome the heat!!
(Actually we could have plenty of shade inside Meiji Jungu to walk around)
We welcomed 17 guests from U.S.A, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Italy, U.K.

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“What is this?”
We were asked by our guests when arriving at the 2nd Torii.
It was also our first time to see a SAKAKI attached to the Oo-torii, and the branch itself looked like a giant ornament to match the size of the huge torii.

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SAKAKI (English name: Cleyera japonica Thunb)is a sacred tree, which has a meaning of  the boundary between gods and humans.
It is said that the the gods dwell in the sharp branches.
Or in Japanese old myth, SAKAKI marks the place where the god exists.

How amazing…,
Each time we visit the Meiji Jingu or Harajuku,
we have a new discovery as our guests!!

Let us share the lasting excitement or surprise with all of you.
We look forward meeting you every other week at Meiji Jungu,
Sunday 10:00 a.m.

(posted by Nori)

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