Yoyogi Park & Meiji Shrine

Greetings~!

Summer in Japan: Yoyogi Park

Finally, catching up with blogging about Japan again. Past weeks have been about charging up, reading all the books I’ve procrastinating on and feeding my obsession for instagram LOL

Just a month ago I was in Japan and I’m missing being there already!

It was summer, so the perfect time for enjoying the sight of blooming hydrangaes. I love these cute pompom flowers! Initially, I wanted to visit Hakusan Jinja which is famed for accommodating thousands of hydrangaes bushes but my already-cramped schedule wouldn’t allow it..

Still, I didn’t know you can find them in Yoyogi Park as much as they’re a regular sight in Japan. Not as many but still take lotsa photos hahaha

Summer in Japan: Yoyogi Park's beautiful hydrangaes

More hydrangaes~~

Hydrangaes in Japan

This one was taken with my Samsung S5, can you believe how clear is it?! *Impressed*

Hydrangaes in Japan

Went to Yoyogi really early in the morning and had my simple breakie there which I bought from Lawson.

Summer in Japan: Breakfast at Yoyogi Park

Largest dorayaki I’ve ever had and had to skip lunch afterwards because I was so full WTH

Summer in Japan: Dorayaki for breakfast

Cream bun which is equally as fluffy and sweet as the dorayaki. This is the first time I’m glad I actually had bitter coffee to go with the buns ( =a= ;)あますぎる!

Summer in Japan: Cream puff for breakfast

After a short stroll around Yoyogi, I headed to Meiji Shrine, my now favorite place in Tokyo! I don’t know how to put it in words but it gives me a feeling of tranquility which I appreciate.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

The torii gate leading to the shrine, so huge!

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu's torii gate

Then barrels of sakes lined together on the way towards the shrine.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Went to pray and then explore the shrine area. At one corner, dozens of ema boards a.k.a. wishing boards decorates the booth. I bought one too for 500yen besides an omamori from the nearby booth.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Someone’s got a very bold wish. Saw that and I was like, “Ohkayyy…”.

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

When I showed my omamori to my colleague, she displayed her own collection kept inside her handbag. Apparently she collects LOTS of them. I read about omamori online so I was really curious and asked “Wouldn’t the deities fight among themselves??” and my friends went huh? ( =.=;) Not sure if its just me reading too much..

My first omamori~

Summer in Japan: My first omamori

Witness this wedding procession in the shrine area and the groom’s a gaijin! Silently pray they have a blissful marriage and at the same time wishing the same would happen for the couple whose been very welcoming as to let me stay with them when I was in Japan (Ov≤)-☆

Summer in Japan: Meiji Jingu

Just before I left, I went to check out Kiyomisa Well, one of Tokyo’s “power spot”. There’s a history behind the well and the shrine, for that check Google. I’m too lazy to narrate them here.

This is Kiyomisa well~ The water’s amazingly crystal clear and when I showed my sis she initially thought it was a dried up well ( =v=; ) Touched it and refreshingly cold!

I sort of believe the whole wish-granting power thingy and have the photos as the wallpaper on my phone hahaha

Summer in Japan: Kiyomasa Well

A teahouse along the journey.

Summer in Japan: Kiyomasa Well

By the time I left, I’ve have bags of omiyages from teas to keychains and Hello Kitty dolls (=v=)v

Summer in Japan: Hello Kitty Omiyage

Oh, and the drip coffee’s from Nagoya. I found a shop which sells coffee beans and lotsa coffee brands. Coffee haven indeed!!

Those small kimono print containers contain green tea and they’ve got a really distinctive taste to it (O▽O)b

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

The little pink packets are sakura tea. Yes, SAKURA TEA!!

Didn’t need to think twice to add them into my shopping basket LOL. The prettiest tea I’ve ever seen! Other photos are on my Instagram here and here.

Summer in Japan: Sakura Tea

Since we’re on the topic of omiyage, just sharing the rest I’ve got the entire trip from Japan~

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

Summer in Japan: Omiyage

That’s all for now~!

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