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Yasukuni Shrine - Shinmon Gate / 靖国神社 神門
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Annual trip to Tokyo, August 2012. Shinmon Gate at Yasukuni Shrine.

Yasukuni Shrine, notwithstanding the controversies and poo-poo stirring in the media associated with the place, would have to be I reckon in the top 3 major tourist drawcards in Chiyoda Ward. My fondest memories of the place are to do with the Mitama festival held on the shrine grounds each year in mid-July but that was back in the mid-80’s. I haven’t been to the festival since as I stopped living in Tokyo and have not returned at that time of the year.

Shinmon Gate – is a 6 metre-tall cypress gate (source: Wikipedia), a formidable and imposing construction that by its presence tells you that you are approaching a big-gun jinja. It has a number of reinforcements in the form of giant torii gates nearby to make sure you know.  It’s not only the gates, even the bronze (?) lanterns standing around here (such as the one seen in this photo) are huge.

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