Although the people attending the ceremony may not be aware of it, the procession of the bride and groom, led by Shinto priests, through the corridor in front of the main shrine is one of the highlights of the Meiji Jingu Shrine. The mere presence of men wearing raven hats and dressed in anachronistic costumes in the precincts of the shrine, where there is no sound of cars running or advertisements playing in vain, is interesting enough, but the fact that the bride and groom are walking behind them in full dress is almost impossible not to notice. No matter how many times I look at the scene, I can't help but stare when I spot the bride and groom walking by.
It seemed that many weddings were scheduled for that day, and brides and grooms appeared regularly in the plaza in front of the shrine building of Meiji Jingu Shrine. But something was different. There were several security personnel, neither Shinto priests nor wedding attendants, in the square. The security guards, dressed in uniforms and wearing bright white gloves, appeared in the center of the square at a time when the bride and groom were not present. They were practicing a salute while checking the distance between each other. It was as if they were practicing a mass game.
|Nov 2022 PEOPLE TOKYO
|BACK SHOT GUARDSMAN MEIJI JINGU SHRINE UNIFORM
November 24, 2022
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Meiji Jingu, Tokyo
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