Tour Report of Meiji shrine -Harajyuku on September 16th
- Meiji Shrine and Harajuku
Thank you for joining our tour today. Today we welcomed 13 guests from many countries.
Now we are in the middle of September. Hot summer has gone by and the weather is gradually shifting to autumn. Soon Japan will enter the best season for travelling. Please come and join our tour.
Now let me get back to today’s tour topic ( Meiji shrine-Harajyuku ) . Today’s topic is about a torii which has inseperable with a shrine. The first torii of Meiji shrine is the gathering place of our tour. When Japanese see this torii, most Japanese think a shrine is close by.
And also Japanese feel a little tense ,because they know they are entering into sacred world. Torii is said to be the border between the present world and the sacred world.
And there are some theories regarding origin of Torii. Here, let me introduce you one of the theories. Since many years ago bird is said to be messenger of god. When it descends from the heaven, it temporary stays on a perch , and this perch has changed to the present torii and has been for many years. I owe it to you decide whether this theory is true or not. I guess that only god may know the truth.
Thank you for joining our tour today. We hope all of you will have a good day,and safety in Japan. And see you again.
(posted by Masahiko-Sato)
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