Akihabara, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Imperial Palace - Tokyo - Japan
I have started my second walking Tour in Akihabara, the electric city (where you can find the latest in electric products), but I walked away from it quickly. I don't fancy huge shopping malls in general let alone for electric products. My telephone (simple, no camera, no added gadgets) is as hi-tech as I go.
By chance I have ended up at the Kanda Myojin Shrine allegedly built in 730. This Shrine is so bright, with striking red, gold and green colors. As I walked around it I could not believe my eyes...there was a wedding celebration inside and outside people were taking pictures of what appeared a baptism celebration. This Shrine is believed to bring luck in business, family and finding spouses. I quickly learned the ''prayer'' ritual: with closed eyes I bowed my head down towards the Shrine, bowed it up and clap my hands, bowed down again made a wish, than bowed up and clap my hands again, to terminate bowing down, sort of a final thank you.
There were dozens of visitors but the quiet and peaceful atmosphere was impressive.
I continued my walking tour, passed by the Yushima Seido Temple, continued towards the Nicholai-do (Orthodox church of Byzantine architecture) and ended up in the Nihombashi area right across the Tokyo Stock Exchange building.
I continued walking and just a few minutes away I was at the Imperial Palace East Park...again...I felt that I was making a journey across time. The palace has amazing gardens, with fantastic views towards the city. Again, the idea of an adequate balance between tradition and modernity is reinforced.
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