Meiji Jingu – Silence Shrine in The Middle of The City

Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo

Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo

Not far from the bustle of Tokyo downtown, Japan, there is a quiet and silence temple. This is the Shinto shrine as a place of worship for the people.

Temple for Emperor Meiji

From the outside, it does not appear at all there is a magnificent temple building there. This Meiji Jingu Shrine seems to be located inside a small forest. Large trees are so dense shaded pedestrians who want to worship.

Meiji Jingu Shrine was built as a tribute to Emperor Meiji. The Emperor Meiji was the emperor who ruled in Japan in 1868 – 1912. Well, after the Emperor Meiji’s death, this shrine was built in 1915. Trees that grow so lush in there is any submissions from the Japanese people in honor of the emperor.

After walking a few meters from the main gate, visitors will pass through the barrels of sake, lining on the left and right of the road. Just like a tree, these barrels of sake is also as a present of sake factories in Japan for the Emperor Meiji. Sake is a typical drink of Japan, and the presence of Sake is quite important in Japan. Sake is always used in various traditional and religious events there.

The Main Shrine

The main road leading to the main shrine building was the street of the expanse of pebbles. After a walk about 10 to 15 minutes, then you can looked the main shrine. In the main building that is the Shinto people praying. Before praying, they must purify themselves first at the Temizuya. The Temizuya has provided with water and bamboo dipper. Those who want to pray should wash hands and face in this place.

After self-cleaning, then they pray. In the middle of the quietness of the shrine, occasionaly sounding a clapping hand. That’s one of the stages of the Shinto religions pray. At first they threw a coin, then bowing twice, then clapping hands once. This ritual prayer ends with bowed once again.

Prayer Board

Right in front of the main temple, there is a board containing small hanger boards. The boards of small hanging it contains writings. What is written there? Apparently each board contains a prayer. So, anyone who comes to it, should write prayers and hung it on the Board. The prayers were delivered in a board will also being prayed by the priests there.

Every day the Meiji Jingu Shrine is always visited by many people. Both are willing to pray, and to be a pilgrimage. Well, this temple will be a very crowded at the time of the new year January 1st. On that day, hundreds of thousands to millions of people will come to this place. They pray for blessings in the new year.




Vocabulary

bustle

bustle means move or cause to move energetically or busily

downtown

downtown is the central area or commercial center of a town or city

temple

temple is a religious building that’s meant for worshipping or praying.

shrine

shrine is a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person

worship

to worship is to show a lot of love and adoration for something; attend religious services

magnificent

magnificent describes something that has grandeur, like themagnificent Great Wall of China or the Pyramids.

pedestrian

pedestrian is someone who traveling by foot.

tribute

tribute is a sign of respect or admiration, an award to honor a person’s accomplishments.

lush

lush describes something growing in abundance

submission

submission is the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another

barrel

barrel is a big container used to store liquids.

expanse

an expanse is a huge area you can look at all at once.

pebble

pebble is a small smooth rounded rock

purify

to purify something is to remove dirt, chemicals, or anything else that it’s contaminated with.

dipper

dipper is a spoon-shaped vessel that has a cup with a long handle,  frequently used to transfer liquids from one container to another.

clapping hand

a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

bow

bow means bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting

priest

priest is a person who performs religious duties and ceremonies.

pilgrimage

pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place.

bless

bless means to offer a holy seal of approval, like when a priest blesses water, making holy water.

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