Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Japan, Day 9 - Tokyo, Imado Jinja Shrine

We had tempura for lunch on our last day in Tokyo, yum yum. Actually, I managed to go through the whole week without eating anything western - it was all about the sushi, noodles, ramen, onigiri, tempura, miso soup and okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake especially associated with Osaka). Om nom nom! I could easily just live off Japanese food - for always!

Our last visit in Tokyo was to the Imado Jinja Shrine. The maneki-neko, the well-known 'beckoning cat' figurine, is believed to have originated at this shrine.

This shrine is also the top love shrine in Tokyo, on account of the fact that it enshrines a deity couple: Izanagi and Izanami who are said to be Japan's first married couple. The fences around the area were bulging with these ema plaques conveying the hopes and prayers of the aspiring romantics. The ones at this shrine had a rare round shape:

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