SHIFTING FROM DRESSY COLORED LEAVES TO WINTER EVENING ILLUMINATION (DEC.2, SUNDAY-TOUR)

Thank you for your participation to our Meiji Shrine and Harajuku route tour on December 2. Lovely guests we welcomed counted 9 from Canada, Netherlands and US. The weather was cloudy and rather cold but not windy.  Probably because of seasonality, both Meiji Shrine and Takeshita Street in Harajuku town were less crowded thus we could enjoy walking leisurely.  Autumn colors were still bright, but it became closer to the end of its season.  Lucky for our guests, we could see traditional Japanese style events such as 7-5-3 (family event celebrating healthy growth and wishing longevity of their 7-5-3 years old children), and  wedding-procession dressed in classic Japanese costume.

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During the tour, we take short break at “Forest Terrace” rest house near by main entrance.  Having pleasant chat and networking among the group is also not a little enjoyment of our tour.  You can gain local information both from us, local guide and other guests from abroad.  Also,  you can have a quick bite of some Japanese snacks such as baked dumpling with soy sauce during this break time.

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Evening illumination events are one of the popular tourist attractions in winter.  You can enjoy the illumination viewing at various spots in large cities and at some sigh seeing cites all over Japan.  Omotesando Illumination is a classic and popular winter illumination event in Tokyo.  The 1.1km street is lined with 150 zelkova trees lightened up with approx. 90.000 LED lights in champagne gold color during Christmas season. Some of the trees were planted almost a century ago, witness of the history of Harajuku indeed.

(posted by Akemi)

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