A slice of nature

A slice of natureI’ve often talked about how much I love Tokyo, Japan. More specifically, how Japan has preserved their culture, history and whatever parts of nature they can. I’ve also spoken at length about how the Meiji Jingu Shrine in the Shibuya district is by far my favorite place to visit whenever I’m in town. Today I thought I’d share a photo that combines all of that. Now to point out to those that don’t remember or don’t know this about me, I don’t take photos at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. At least not since my first couple of visits to Japan. And not after I pass the sake barrels along the main pathway. That’s my cutoff for pictures or anything digital. The reason being is that I’ve never felt more at peace than I do at that location. Whenever I step foot on the grounds I feel so at home. It’s left such an impression with me that I remember every nook and cranny of that area. When I visit the grounds, I don’t think about anything. I just lose myself in the natural surroundings that have been so perfectly preserved. No phone. No camera. Just me and the shrine. That being said, when I was last there with my dear friend +Yumi Shoji and her baby daughter, I did take a photo or two of them there. After all, it was her baby daughters first visit to the area. See, there are exceptions to my rules. He he. Anyways, before the sake barrels is a small bridge that crosses a small stream of water that passes by the main pathway. That’s where I shot this image. No matter how often I go there, I always take a few seconds to stop here, take a look into the woods and give a smile. Just a couple of hundred yards from the hustle and bustle of modern Shibuya is this scene. And it’s already incredibly quiet even here considering how close this still is to the city.

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