How I Love Japan (Part Two)

20181016_000323We only saw the briefest glimpse of Tokyo, considering how big it is, before it was time to move on to Nikko. The first thing to delight me was the origami hanging in the train station. As I said on Instagram, what train station doesn’t need origami?!

20181015_2103342But, Nikko! Oh, my! I tired of the shrines (which we went to see) before I did the trees. Never have I been surrounded by such a majestic forest, not even in the Redwoods of California.

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There was the Shinkyo Bridge:

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and a shrine which made me cry, as it was for all the babies who had been lost to their mothers. The mothers knit little red hats, and put bibs on these stones, and the rows went on and on as far as my eye could see in any direction.

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I loved Nikko, which is where we spent day 2.

22 thoughts on “How I Love Japan (Part Two)”

    1. I wish everyone could have the chance. Europe has been my destination place so many times in my life, from my early 20s when I taught in Germany, to our honeymoon when we went to Switzerland, and all the years in between when I have traveled to France and Italy. But, Japan is not to be missed if that is at all possible.

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  1. Such a wonderful Country, Japan intrigues me, helas only through its authors, having never been there. Thank you for your pictures, I had to stop at the one of the babies/children…so many 😢 I would have cried to.
    I wish you a nice Monday dear Meredith 💖

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    1. I depended quite a bit on what I had learned from Japanese authors, too, Sylvie, and believe me: they’ve taught us a lot! Those babies are so sad. Our guide said it was for babies which had been aborted or miscarried, and it just broke my heart. xo

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    1. Nadia, I’m glad you noticed the trees, too. There is no way a photograph can do them justice. You can’t imagine their size, and the peace they exude while walking amongst them. No wonder the Japanese have a “thing” called forest bathing. It centers me right away.

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  2. We went to Nikko on our first trip to Japan. What an introduction it was to Japan – after a couple of days in Tokyo. So beautiful. Your photos brought it all back. I’ve been thinking lately that I’d like to visit it again.

    As for Tokyo, it is so huge as you say. We’ve been to Tokyo three times – that is, on each trip because that’s where we fly to – and each trip we “pick off” another section. We are gradually getting about its sites (or is it sights!?) in a manageable way. I’m not a big city person, so “doing” Tokyo in segments like this makes it more manageable and enjoyable for me.

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    1. I’m not a big city person either. It was good to get the flavor of Tokyo, (why do the linear buildings crowded so closely together resemble something out of Star Wars to me?). But, there was much uncovered by us. We went on to Kyoto and the Izu Peninsula, and much was uncovered there, too. Japan is just too big, in its own way, and to exciting, to fully know in a few weeks. I’m so glad you have already gone three times!

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  3. The shrine honoring the poor little babies lost just strikes me as so sad. Here, in Santa Clarita, dubbed “Awesometown” since we’ve been in the top 10 cities to live in for I don’t know how long… we have a very high incidence of teen driving deaths so there is a memorial where tree stumps symbolize a teen lost. It’s a sea of stumps. The most heart wrenching thing. Similar to the shrine you captured in your photo.

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    1. Oh, that’s so sad! We have many places in my town where people have placed crosses and candles and stuffed animals at the deaths of children or pedestrians or cyclists who have lost their lives to idiots driving. “A sea of stumps…” that makes me sad in that phrase of yours alone. I guess no country is free of untimely deaths.

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  4. Oh my, that shrine for the lost babies breaks my heart! I would have wept, too.

    Your photos are so lovely, Meredith. I love the forest pictures and know how difficult it is to share just how enormous they are, as I’ve struggled to do the same with the Redwoods. You simply have to be there to understand how immense and majestic they are, right?

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