One of Tokyo’s most popular shrines is Meiji-Jingū, a Shinto shrine in the Harajuku area. Shinto is called Japan’s ancient original religion, with no identifiable founder or sacred text, and is based rather on the value of harmony with nature and the virtue of ‘Magokoro’, or sincere heart.
The Meiji Shrine is dedicated to the souls of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and his consort, Empress Shoken (1850-1914): both leaders who are held in high esteem to this day by the Japanese people. Emperor Meiji is considered one of the founders of modern Japan, due to the encouragement he offered to various modern industries and the support he showed for technological development, while still dedicating himself to preserving Japanese identity. Empress Shoken both supported the Emperor and devoted herself to promoting national welfare and women’s education.
The original shrine, completed in 1920, was destroyed in WWII. The current structure dates from 1958, and it is one of the most popular destinations for travelers to Tokyo.
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