Exploring Tokyo

We walked around the edge of the Imperial Palace grounds, and stopped to see this large temple with its very large entry Torii gate. The New Year's preparations were well underway!

When we left the large temple's grounds we cut across the Imperial grounds along this shortcut, which featured this old gateway where the ground looks like it hasn't been finished yet, as the steps were irregular heights and spacing. No one around, so Yuko was able to clamber the walls!

then we met with Yuko's sister, and she showed us this very spectacular temple nearby. This is a temple favoured by the local businesmen, and very ornate, including...

this cast statue, about 6 to 8 feet tall, featuring a small person in a small boat, and a number of sea creatures.

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