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Celebrating The Growth Of Children: The Meiji Jingu Shrine Of Tokyo

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A young girl wearing her kimono bows at a festival to her father. The festival is to celebrate the growth of the children and to pray for a good future for each of them. Held at the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, the festival occurred on Sunday, November 18th, 2012.

The Meiji Jingu Shrine is an old shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The process of building it started in 1915 and was officially completed in 1926. Unfortunately, during WWII, the original building was destroyed. What is seen by today’s people is a version reconstructed in October of 1958