Meiji Shrine has some information bulltin boards or warning signs or cautions only written in Japanese.
Photo #1: It says this garden opens throughout the year. No closing days. That's great.
Photo #2: The sign close to the wooden Torii gate leading to South Walkway. It shows three things not allowed in this shrine precincts.
1 No cars or horse carriages are allowed to enter.
(This applies to major walkways, there are roads for automobiles. Today this rule is a bit loosened.)
2 No hunting, taking or capturing animals, birds, and fish.
3 No taking of plants and flowers. This sign was set up in November 1, 1920 right after this shrine was opened. Three basic rules still apply.
lots of Kawaii and utsukushii japanese teens! there are many cute teenage japanese girls in Harajuku! When you walk down the streets of Japan, especially in a large city like Tokyo, you see girls dressed in things westerners would never wear. Flamboyant colors and shoes so high you wonder how they can stand! But to many of these girls it is the little things that make the biggest difference. What is "kawaii?" Many westerners translate it as simply, "cute." But it is much, much more. Kawaii is more then a fashion statement - Kawaii is a lifestyle, and an attitude!!!
Fondest memory: although Japanese school girls are forced to wear their uniforms to school, they have, of course, found ways to make them cute. They accessorize with precise little bows at the collar, and awesome loose socks that have to be glued into place. Combine this with the cute little sailor uniforms and maybe a headband and pigtails, and it's no wonder men in Japan often have desire for schoolgirls especially here in harajuku!
Harajuku is a great spot for people watching and shopping also.
It has had it's boom, but you will still find the odd group of dressed up locals parading around on a Sunday.
Please be aware Harajuku is not in Saitama (as listed by VT). It's in Tokyo.
Fondest memory: Friends from OS have visited me in Japan and their reaction to Harajuku is the best!
Favorite thing: I enjoyed the wide and tranquil walkway leading to the Meiji Shrine. It gives me a very relaxing feeling and the surrounding trees add to the atmosphere.