I woke up today with a wee bit of a hesitation, as when I opened the windows it was a bit rainy and cloudy. I had made plans to visit the most important Shinto shrine in the entire city of Tokyo, which is the Meiji shrine. Sundays is the best time to visit the shrine as you can often see Japanese Shinto-style weddings. At the entrance of the shrine on Sundays is where you see the famous Harajuku girls. They seemed to be hiding that day as they were very few of them. It also must be the weather, as perhaps when it is cloudy and rainy, they tend not to come out.
The Park leading to the shrine is really a fantastic walk! Although the sky was cloudy, the temperature was really lovely, and the wind was rustling the leaves of the most magnificent trees that all I could do was say a prayer of thanks for having me brought here again. As we entered the temple, my heart was racing as I noticed that they were having three set of weddings, virtually at the same time. How can one be so lucky! Thank goodness for my years in the wedding business I was able to capture some moments for me and for my blog! LOL! This is just one part of my 3rd day in Tokyo, and so far it’s been magical!
The entrance of the Meiji shrine.
Nix and I do the tourist thing! It was supposed to have rained that whole day, but you know what, it actually did not rain a single drop! Now that is what I call SWERTE!
Adjusted the effects of my camera to make it appear like FALL. I love Japan in the fall, as the trees turn into virtual firework displays.
Sake kegs lining up one wall on route to the Shrine. Gotta love Sake!
The actual entrance of the shrine.
Near the entrance of the shrine is a small well where visitors clean themselves by washing their hands and their mouths. It is done to ensure that you are clean before you enter the shrine. I love how beautiful this looks!
Nix cleaning himself.
When I walked in, I saw the set up of a bridal party. My parents actually got married in Japan. I must one day blog about that, as I really found the photos and styling so fascinating! I found the bride's vestments so elegant and almost otherworldly.
Then I saw another bridal party. This time, the bride had a more modern flair to her wedding ensemble. She had a really huge floral headpiece and an asymmetrical hairdo.
A more modern bride with her groom.
The wedding party. OOOH...I was like jumping up and down like a little kid!
The obi back details were driving me bonkers! I once took a class on how to do this and it actually came naturally to me.
A close up of the first bride I saw. This one still had her veil on.
Then she revealed the most exquisite hairstyle. I WAS LIKE IN AWE! I love how this looks!
Then I noticed a third set of bride and groom coming into the right. The ceremony was really quiet and solemn, with the priest just clapping his hands and clicking two pieces of wood.
I actually have the groom's outfit somewhere in my studio. I bought a set a really long time ago.
I found the experience so thrilling.
Another lovely thing to do when you're at the shrine is to buy a wooden prayer or wish block and attach this to the wishing wall.
I found this ritual so special.
I had to take another view of the fabulous hairstyle of this bride. That must have taken like forever to do.
Among the three wedding couples, this was my favorite. I think this was the most authentic, so I admired that even more.
I also enjoyed looking at the Kimonos of the bridal party.
A mother and, I presume, her daughters in their finest Kimonos. I wish more Filipinos realize how we should really proudly wear our national costume. It really makes a huge difference when visitors see us in our national clothes.