Japan: Ise-jingu and Meotoiwa

I missed hatsumode (the first shrine visit of the year) as I was in the UK so when I got free day I went to Ise-jingu one of the most important shrines in Japan. It’s where the Emperor and Prime Minster go for hatsumode.

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We must have been brainwashed by the advertising as we also went to Meotoiwa rocks too.

The warmest clothes I own are lolita, so I layered up in a sweater, APs Melty Donuts, my BTSSB coat and MILK beret.

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We set off from Tsuruhashi, where the smallest Family Mart in Japan now resides.

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It was my third trip to Ise-jingu and my second to the Meotoiwa rocks.

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At the shrine we said our prayers and looked around, it was bitterly cold so we didn’t stay long. We just visited Ise-jingu Naiku and then browsed the shops along Oharaimachi.

I ate an Ise ebi (shrimp) croquette.

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And J a fantastic curly sausage on a stick.

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We picked up some mochi and a few bits, I got a cute dog lucky charm from a store, and J some incense.

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Ise (Toba) is famous for synthetic pearl production, and at a cute pearl shop Kakuta Pearls J treated me to some lovely pearl earrings.

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After that we caught a bus to Meotoiwa, buses are really infrequent in Ise and stop about 5pm. We just had enough time to go and return on the last bus.

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The shrine by the rocks is famous for marriage!

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One of my favourites views in Japan.

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It was absolutely freezing though and my hat was blowing off, so we ran back to the omiyage shop to wait for the bus.

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J bought some Ise udon to take home.

Back by Ise-shi station we went to an izakaya we went to before when it was F1 and warmed up. I had kani-don, crab on rice.

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It was really nice, and hopefully fresh as we were by the sea!

I had such a lovely day, I look forward to going back when it’s a bit warmer.

Ise & Toba 2013: https://teatwosugarsplease.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/ise-and-toba/

Ise-jing u 2014: https://teatwosugarsplease.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/nagoya-new-year-holiday/

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