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Tokyo, Japan- a Shrine, a Tower, and an evening departure

Tokyo has always had a soft spot in my heart because it is my birthplace. My early memories, however, may be suspect because I celebrated my first birthday on a ship back to the US. For those of you who say, "Whaaaaa...?," my father was in the Army, working under General MacArthur after the end of WWII, assigned to assist in rebuilding the Japanese whaling endeavors. His duty station ended shortly before I reached the ripe old age of one. There is a family urban legend about why I was born in Tokyo General Hospital instead of the military hospital, but that is best left for another day. 

Anyway,
Tokyo is a beautiful, big city. Tokyo is also a very crowded city.

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine in Shibuya, Tokyo, dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Mutsuhito, posthumously honored as Emperor Meiji reigned from 1867 to his death in 1912. He was responsible for rapid changes in Japan, transforming it from an isolationist, feudal state to an industrialized world power. 

Ahh, the peaceful surroundings and serenity of a shrine...

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Not so much, 

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The crowd envelops a traditional wedding


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Tokyo Tower

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We are going up where?

 

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A temple surrounded by graves


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Tokyo Tower was once the highest structure in the city. Then, another tower was built higher, and then this building was built even higher. Tokyo Tower is in third place and is now just a tourist attraction.

 

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Soccer from afar

 

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Shrine honoring the Tower


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A long way down


An evening departure from Tokyo.

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Tokyo, Japan
03/24-25/24

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