Meiji Jingu

Today is setsubun, which is the day before the first day of spring. Taken from Wikipedia: “It is a sort of New Year’s Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (literally “bean throwing”). Roasted soybeans (called “fortune beans” (福豆 fuku mame)) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while the people say “Demons out! Luck in!” (鬼は外! 福は内! Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!) and slam the door.”

If you know me, you know that this whole thing makes me incredible happy. Why? I don’t know. But it does.  We have a little kit to perform this ritual, but B is out of town, so we’re waiting to do it until he comes home. We heard that there might be something going on at a shrine, so we went to Meiji Jingu to see if we could find any festivities. We did not find any. But we had a good time anyway.


We realized shortly after this that Tiny’s shoes were on the wrong feet. IMG_1268

I was intrigued by the metal work on the temple gates this time.








When I see things like this, and realize that these are the images that will be at the core of the girls’ minds and souls and imaginations, I know we are exactly the right place.



A monk. And for the Doctor minded among you- what appears to be a message ala River.


This made me laugh.


And this store name is awesome.IMG_1311

A train from the top.


These next pictures were taken at the beginning of the year- January  1, actually. I just found them, and I like them. IMG_1254



One thought on “Meiji Jingu

  1. Brandy on

    A seemingly random question: do your girls dress themselves? As in pick out their own clothes either from the closet or from the store? They seem very much like they have their own tastes but I wonder if those are your tastes or theirs? Thanks love!

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