Meiji jingu in Shibuya

The Meiji Jingu shrine, located in Shibuya, is one of the compulsory shrines to visit if you go around the Yoyogi-Harajuku area. Dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shouken. Built during the first quarter of the 20th century, it was destroyed during the Tokyo Air Raids of World War II, and reconstructed in 1958.

One of the most beautifullly surrounded shrines in Tokyo, in the heart of a forest in Yoyogi area, the walk through the forest to the shrine is both inspiring and relaxing.

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Entry to Meiji Jingu facilities, Tokyo

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Matsuri Japan in Barcelona

Japan, the country I fell in love with, and my hometown Barcelona, united in one event once a year, the Matsuri Japan. The Matsuri Japan took place on first weekend of June, and it’s the third consecutive year the event took place next to the beach in Barcelona. A two day event with plenty of activities, food stands, souvenirs shops and related. Sipping a cold can of green tea to trying on a japanese kimono or participating in a bon odori dance, japanese style, you can check all photos of the event through this post.

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Matsuri Japan in Barcelona.

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Kanazawa gold streets

On my visit to Kanazawa, my friend Yurina guided me to the gold streets in Kanazawa. I didn’t know at the moment what she was talking about but I was soon to discover. We walked to Higashi Chaya district, a tourist spot of the city, where you can buy souvenirs, visit museums, restaurants and teahouses. The places named Chaya were traditional places for entertainment, where geisha entertained people by performing dances and playing Japanese traditional musical instruments. The largest one of the chaya districts in Kanazawa is the Higashi (East) Chaya district. Nowadays is more focused for tourist entertainment.
The surprise was to find out most of the shops were offering gold made products and souvenirs, many of them made with gold leaf. Kanazawa makes 90% of gold leaf production in Japan.

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Higashi chaya district, Kanazawa

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Sant Jordi (Saint George)

April 23rd is Sant Jordi in Barcelona, a celebration where the main event is the exchange of roses and books between couples. It’s the Catalan equivalent to St. Valentine day.
The tradition of giving a book on April 23rd comes from the universal expo on 1929 in Barcelona, when booksellers went out on the streets to sell books. It was so good for business that they decided to do it every year, on April 23rd, World Book Day.

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Roses and books along the streets of Barcelona.

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