Visiting places of worship, no matter where you are, is probably one of the most interesting experiences ever. I have always loved walking in to temples, churches, looking at the architecture, the different forms of worship and watching people pray. There is something calming about all of that.
Visiting a Japanese shrine was no different. Walking in during autumn, or spring, you'l get to see the flowers and leaves changing colours, or blooming, that whole aesthetic adds some kind of a Je ne sai quoi to the whole experience.
Visiting a small Japanese shrine was, in my opinion, the perfect way to end my trip. Walking in early in the morning, you'd see caretakers cleaning up the fallen leaves, the places so quiet, so serene. People gathered at the place of prayer, sending their wishes up to the heavens. They had a rope where one would pull or hit a chime after their praying.
My favourite part of the temple were the rows of wooden plaques, with wishes, and some writings of love (or so it seemed. I could be wrong, but I like the idea.)
The idea of people declaring their love reminded me of the locks people hang on Pont des Arts in Paris, or so many other bridges around the world. I've always thought it was a fad, or something the millennials/people of my generation would do because "it was cool".
Which is why it is definitely nice to know that some people go to the temples and holy places to wish for love, to wish for a fulfilled relationship, or to consecrate their love for one another. Beats of the concept of hanging locks and throwing keys in a river by miles!
What I Wore
Coat - Coldwear | Pants - Thailand | Top - Shein.com | Shoes - Timberland | Scarf - H&M
After visiting that Japanese shrine, we took a train, headed over to Canal City in Hakata, and had lunch from one of their famous ramen places.
I love the decoration of the Canal City, such a nice modern take with its chandeliers and air suspended baubles. My favourite part, the "river" down the center that had horizontal lights making the water glistening in so many different shades.
As usual, the last part of any last day in a city would be spend doing what tourists do best - SOUVENIR SHOPPING. We went to Tenjin and had a little wander around the shops, spending our last bit of Yen finding pieces of Japan we could bring home and treasure forever.
Mine came in the form of food, makeup, clothes and shoes. Nothing new there!