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Lunch at Yoyogi Park

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I was actually quite surprised at the reasonable price of a udon noodle at the visitor resting area at the park. Normally, I avoid eating at places by tourist attractions just because it can get a bit pricey but I was way too hungry to care that day. It is quite funny how all logic goes out of the window when you are starving and all you could think about was getting something into the stomach. For 650円, I was well fed and it kept me stuffed for the remainder of the day until dinner. (It’s also cheaper than the price of a McDonald’s combo in Toronto) 

Despite enjoying a satisfying lunch, I couldn’t resist the sight of green tea ice cream. I know most people cringe at the idea of green tea in any other format other than drinking but if its done right, green tea is simply delicious in any type of desserts. Some people might not be used to the taste as it is more of an acquired taste and I think if you ever come across green tea chocolate, ice cream, or cake, give it a go.

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Yoyogi Park/Meiji Shrine

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There was nothing like starting the day off then taking a picturesque walk at one of the biggest parks in Tokyo. Yoyogi Park was one of the most beautiful parks that I have ever been to. It’s a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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In addition to the beautiful scenes, there was also the Kakuun-Tei (Tea House) which was built-in the 1900s by the order of His Majesty the Emperor Meiji for Her Majesty the Empress Shoken. The building that we see in this picture is actually a reconstruction as the original was destroyed due to the war.

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In touring the park, not only do you learn about the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken’s life but you also get to visit the Meiji Shrine which is located within the park.

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During this visit to Meiji Shrine, I had the privilege of witnessing a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony. This is one of the life events that regardless of culture, country or religion, one can only feel the joy of two people finding each other and spending their life together. While I was just merely a visitor, I sincerely wish the couple a long and happy marriage!