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August 4 – Meiji Jingu, Omotesando, Shibuya

August 11, 2016

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Harajuku station.
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The gate to Meiji Jingu shrine. The shrine is in honor of Emperor Meiji, who oversaw the transformation of Japan from a feudal society into the beginnings of modern Japan.
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The shrine and the gate to the shrine site, which is under restoration but covered by a very good image of same.
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From the shrine we begin our walk down Omotesando-dori, the street that connects Harajuku to Omotesando. It is lined with many expensive shops, and occupied with lots of people. The weather is hot.
imageThe entrance to Omotosando Hills shopping complex. This looks better as a movie, with the mirrors surrounding the escalator reflecting the journey of its inhabitants.
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A Lucite(?) piano at the Kawai store, which sells pianos, sheet music, and lots of musiciana.
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Coach luggage’s theme of the moment is Mickey.
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Aoyama-dori, Omotesando’s main street, crosses Omotesando-dori, and here we paused for refreshment. Kirin Beer has set up an open-air watering hole for the summer, where tourists and workers can stop for a brew and some Japanese pub grub. Now we’re off to Shibuya.
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Before and After at the famous Shibuya Crossing. Amazing, and again much better as a movie. Read about it here:

http://content.time.com/time/travel/cityguide/article/0,31489,1897812_1897772_1897742,00.html

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Tower Records, long gone from the rest of the world, is alive and well in Japan, with 85 locations at last count. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
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You know them, right?
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Girls standing in line to get boy-band Madtown’s latest CD autographed.
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Girl bands on display too. Nite nite.

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