Meiji Shrine, Omotesando, and Harajuku

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We decided to check out the Omotesando and Harajuku area, starting with the lovely Meiji Shrine area. As explored this huge park, we discovered an extra bonus - the irises were blooming in the garden. While this was lovely, it did mean that the park was flooded with tour buses full of people checking out the flowers.

We then strolled around Takeshita Street (where the cool kids shop), Omotesando Street (where the rich people shop), had a great lunch at Jangara Ramen, took a long exploration of Kiddy Land - a huge toy store - where the boys loaded up on Bakugan,  then walked through Aoyoma to get to Shibuya where we saw the big crush at Shibuya crossing, and then went back to the hotel. Whew.

The whole area was pretty cool, even on a Wednesday. The contrasts between the Meiji Shrine, Takeshita, and Omotesando were really striking as we went from serene iris gardens to hip Tokyo youth culture to the elegant "Champs-Elysees" of Tokyo in a few blocks.

The boys under the big torii in Meiji Shrine Park.

Japanese photographers taking in the irises.

Caretaker sweeping the path at Meiji Shrine

Gate to Meiji Shrine

Prayers at Meiji Shrine

Ladles for purifying your hands at Meiji Shrine

Loads of people crossing the street at Shibuya Crossing

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JoeB Reply

Hey .. cool focus effect. Is this one of those special tilty lenses? (forget what they are called...) how'd you do it?

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