Sunday, April 11, 2010
Tokyo is a great place if you love architecture. The Japanese march to their own taiko drum; not only do they dare to think differently, they often do so on a massive scale. One of our favorite buildings -- new since we departed -- is the Mode Gakuen (Cacoon) Tower. It houses three schools of higher learning, with the cacoon like structure representing the place where students can develop their skills before, like butterflies, emerging into society. The work is by Tange architects, whose other works include the Fuji TV tower in Odaiba and Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
We visited Komaba park today to see the Japanese garden again. It's a little known park that's close to where our first apartment was located in Kami-Meguro. Anne used to take Forrest there to play around. It's very close to the University of Tokyo, and was once the property of Marquis Maeda Toshinari, head of the Kaga family. Currently, the park houses the Museum of Modern Japanese Literature.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Meiji Jingu is located in a beautiful nature preserve in the heart of Tokyo dedicated to the memory of the Meiji Emperor & his wife. The two were much beloved by the Japanese, and the shrine was built after their deaths in 1920.
After the ceremony, the couple welcomes all the guests, and a reception party is held. Usually the party is visited by about 20 to 200 guests among whom are relatives, friends, and co-workers of the bride and groom.
These affairs are extremely expensive. The bride's kimono might cost $3,000 to $5,000 to rent for one day. I can't imagine what it might cost to hold a wedding ceremony at Meiji-Jingu. This couple must be very well connected.