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People walking in the rain with umbrellas under bright Japanese shop signs.
Kabukicho, Shinjuku
A great crossroads filled with people holding umbrellas, surrounded by towering buildings.
Shibuya Crossing
A train track in front of skyscrapers.
Train tracks leading to Shinjuku Station
A narrow Japanese street with lanterns and blossom decorations.
Omoide Yokocho (Memory Lane)—an alley lined with <a href="" target="_blank">izakaya</a> in Shinjuku
View of many tall buildings and a large green park from above.
Yoyogi Park viewed from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s free observation deck
A couple of hundred colourful sake barrels stacked in a display.
Sake barrels in Yoyogi Park
A plaque next to stacked sake barrels reads:

“Barrels of Sake Wrapped in Straw.

During the Meiji Era, Emperor Meiji, whose divine soul is enshrined here at Meiji Jingu, led the industrial growth and modernization of Japan by encouraging various industries and supporting technological development.

Due to their grace and virtue, Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken, the beloved mother of our nation whose soul is also enshrined here, are held in the highest esteem by the Japanese people.

These sake barrels are offered every year to the enshrined deities by members of the Meiji Jingu Zenkoku Shuzo Keishinkai (Meiji Jingu Nationwide Sake Brewers Association) including the Kotokai, which has made offerings of sake for generations, as well as other sake brewers around Japan wishing to show their deep respect for the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.

In addition to stating our humble gratitude to all of the brewers who have so graciously donated their sake, we also pray for the continuous prosperity of the sake brewing industry and all the other industries maintaining Japan’s traditional culture.

Meiji Jingu.”
Information about the sake barrels in Yoyogi Park
Souvenir stalls on the street leading to the gate of a temple.
Street leading to Hōzōmon gate, the entrance to Sensō-ji (Tokyo’s oldest temple)
An ornate Japanese temple gate stands to the right of a five-storied tower with distinctive roofs on each floor.
Hōzōmon gate, built in 942 CE, sits beside a five-storied pagoda
Bushes in blossom frame the view of a tall, orange and white, metal tower.
Tokyo Tower
The skyline of Tokyo, made up of many tall buildings, seen from across a large body of water.
View of Tokyo from the Rainbow Bridge
A grand bridge lit up at night, with long, narrow boats drifting past.
The Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba
A narrow street with small independent shops.
Yanaka Ginza shopping street
Tall, colourful buildings covered with Japanese signs lit up at night. A bright archway between the buildings leads to bars, restaurants and entertainment.
Kabukicho, Shinjuku
Rows of capsule beds, stacked two levels high. Each capsule has a square entrance and small blind to pull down for privacy. At less than 2m wide, there is space for one person to lie down in each.
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