While in Tokyo I happened across the Meiji-jingu shrine while taking refuge from the crushing 95 degree heat. Located among a somewhat vast (133 acres in fact) wood oddly close to skyscrapers and upscale shops it is a a lovely place to stumble upon. Walking through the wooded park on the way to the shrine-I didn't actually know where it lead at the time-I gaped as I passed beneath the towering cyprus torii that mark the entrance to the shrine
I would have been quite satisfied with just the park but the shrine was a fitting place for the path to lead, beautfiful japanese cyprus buildings, a couple having a traditional marriage ceremony to one side, and a huge, leafy prayer tree in the center of it all.
After studying the prayer tree for a while, taking it's geometry and authenticity, I became reasonably satisfied with its effectiveness and then purchased a tablet to make my own wish. As someone had already wished for Dylan Sprouse to be their boyfriend-one should always be wary of competing wishes on the same tree-I decided to wish my dad a good birthday.
-happy birthday Dad-be there if I could.