This was our last full day in Japan. We were going to meet up with Chris again to see him back off to Korea, so we got up early to stop by our little bakery and get those delicious egg salad sandwiches and the 7eleven to get rice snacks. We had some time to walk to the shrine near our apartment before Chris met us. No food was allowed in so we sat near a horse arena to eat our breakfast and watched a guy back into a sign with his tiny truck.
We watched people bow in and out of the entrance, which was huge. It was so pretty in there! There was a short walk to the actual shrine itself and it was one of my favorite places. I used the bathroom, of course, and they had heated seats with the forest sounds, it was wonderful.
We got a lesson on purifying ourselves before we went in from a funny old lady. There was some kind of festival going on that day so we got to see some people dressed up. There were huge husband & wife trees that were planted together and lots of prayers written out on pieces of wood.
And I lied last week, we’ll get to the tasty noods next week in part 2!