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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Harajuku: Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine

It has been over three years since we've visited this area of Tokyo, the last time being when we were newlyweds sans child and not six months pregnant... (see here) 

We really had no itinerary which was a beautiful thing since the place was packed due to it being Saturday of Golden Week! Golden Week is a week filled with public holidays which boils down to kids off school and people getting time off work, i.e. super busy everywhere! 

Harajuku is a really fun place to people watch, it's one of the fashion district of Tokyo but know for their crazy, outlandish, style. I'm still not gutsy taking photos of people even though the Japanese take photos of Gabriel all the time so unfortunately I don't have any awesome people photos to share other than one from behind. 

We visited the 4 story H&M then made our way over to the high end shopping area of Harajuku to swoon at things we don't need but would be sweet to have if we could avoid the price tag. Once Gabriel woke from his name we make our way to Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine entrance, one of my favorite places in Tokyo.

The wooden tori gates are absolutely breathtaking, they are grand in structure and their simplicity (read, not super ornate like most) make them absolutely stunning.

I think it's so fun taking maternity photos here in Japan- definitely makes this pregnancy very unique. Though I haven't been as great about photos along the way this time I think the ones we do have make up for that! At least I hope baby Voth number 2 will think so.

We didn't travel much of the park because me legs were giving me such a hard time this day. Looking back on my post from 2011 makes me sad that we didn't walk it but I really was in to condition to suck it up that day. Maybe we'll remedy that walk in 2015?!
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