Sunday, April 9, 2017

We are foreigners.

We are foreigners
Differences entertain us
So do cats
    - Jeffreysan

Meiji Jingo Entrance
Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912 and Empress Shoken in 1914. After their demise, people wished to commemorate their virtues and to venerate them forever. So they donated 100,000 trees from all over Japan and from overseas, and they worked voluntarily to a forest.

Today, the forest was beautiful.  Perhaps especially in the rain. 

A wedding limited our view of the inside of the buildings / Shinto Temple, but the environment was beautiful. 

 Then there’s the cat café. Like a luxury cat condo, with floor to ceiling windows and all manner of perches for the kitties.  Humans pay to visit them in their palace. 

You’d think when it says, “café,” you could sit down with table service of food and beverage.  But, I suppose health department rules might frown on it.  Instead, there are vending machines just outside of the cats’ quarters dispense beverages into cups, if you pay extra.  Inside, the cat petting zoo. 

(Other activities today included: Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art.  Stunning wood block prints from the 18th and 19th centuries.  Also, “Arigato” food tour in Ginza district 

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