Sunday, March 19, 2006

Finally, Tokyo Pictures

Okay, I think I figured it out. Blogger just doesn't like pictures to go where there are already words. Hopefully this will work...
The first pic on the left was the view from our hotel room. We were on the 34th floor of the Hotel New Hankyu in Tsukiji. The rooms started on the 32nd floor and under that was mostly businesses and in the first floor there was a 7-11 and Starbucks.
The picture on the right is of Ginza, a high-end shopping district. This picture doesn't even come close to doing it justice, most streets were so bright and busy they gave Vegas a run for it's money. This is the area where the 5 story Sony building was.

Our first full day there, we went to the Meiji-Jingu shrine in Harajuku.
This is a tori, a big archway symbolizing the entrance to a shrine. You can see the tiny people for scale, this thing was huge!
The next picture (I have better shots of these) is the first stop for worshippers before going into the temple. The little dippers are used to pour water onto hands and into the mouths of worshippers for purity before entering the
temple to pray.

It was Sunday and we just happened to catch a wedding ceremony (not sure exactly what part of the ceremony this was).

Harajuku is also the place where teenagers get together on Sundays and dress in really elaborate, goth-like costumes and stand around in this area off the street. Pretty interesting...

Hope you've enjoyed these, Blogger has cooperated for quite a while and I don't want to push my luck.


Blogger Sue said...

Great pics! What an exciting time you must have had seeing the sights and getting a dose of the culture.
(Whenever I create a new post, I always load my photos first. That seems to generate the least amount of frustration. My techie husband practically gets hives when he looks at the Blogger code!)

10:12 PM  
Blogger Jenna (aka Foo) said...

Makes me want to go to Tokyo!

I love the pic of the little girl with her mouth wide open for the water...

11:42 PM  
Anonymous rebecca hudson said...

a picture is worth a thousand words. looks very interesting!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Vik said...

Thanks for sharing! Very interesting!

4:28 PM  

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