Meiji Shrine and Harajuku

Meiji Shrine and Harajuku Tour on July 16th, 2023; Heat Stroke Alert issued in Tokyo

Meiji Shrine and Harajuku

Thank you for choosing our Meiji Shrine and Harajuku tour on July 16th, 2023. We welcomed 23 guests from USA, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Netherlands, Spain, and Belgium. I hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had.

Group A

Heat stroke warnings had been issued in Tokyo. Nonetheless, we are grateful to our guests for joining us on our tour. Although the end of the rainy season called Tsuyu has not been officially declared, we are beginning to hear the voice of cicadas, a typical summer sound in Japan. We hope you enjoy your summer vacation in Japan, but please feel free to take it easy when you are tired, drink plenty of water, and be careful not to suffer from heat stroke.

Group B

July 17th is a national holiday called “Marine Day”. Emperor Meiji was a reformer of modern Japan. In 1876, he made a tour of the Tohoku region and returned to Yokohama on July 20th from Aomori via Hakodate on the lighthouse patrol ship, Meiji Maru. This day had been called “Marine Memorial Day”. In 1995, “Marine Day” was established as a national holiday. In 2003, under the Happy Monday system, it became the third Monday of July. Japan is surrounded by the sea, then it would not be prosperous without the sea. Therefore, Marine Day is meant to express gratitude for the benefit of the sea and to wish for the prosperity of Japan as a maritime nation.

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(Posted by Yutaka)