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The celebrated Yoyogi National Gymnasium, completed in 1964, was initially built to house diving and swimming events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. It was designed by Kenzo Tange and was rightly lauded by the Japanese people for its graceful, swooping curves and the design of its suspension roof. The stadium is now used mainly for hockey and basketball and it remains one of the city's most recognizable architectural landmarks.
Across Inokashira Avenue from Yoyogi Park, this stadium was designed by Kenzo Tange, Japan's foremost postwar architect. Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, its awesome and daring shell-like steel-suspension roofing has earned it a spot in the Japanese Ministry of Construction's Top 100 Public Structures of Japan. The stadium seats 8000 and is used for concerts, mostly rock, as well as sporting events.
Harajuku is the area around Harajuku station, located between Shinjuku and Shibuya. Harajuku is known for its fashion and shopping. Take a walk down either of the main shopping streets, Omotesando and Takeshita-dōri, and you will find unique stores as well as major chains. Harajuku is also where you can see "Harajuku Girls," teenagers who dress in elaborate outfits that often resemble costumes from a movie or comic book.
This perfect example of Shinto architecture-- which features muted colors and sparse lines-- was opened in 1920 to commemorate the death of Emperor Meiji in 1912. Surrounded by 72 hectares (178 acres) of shady trees and the many species of Japanese flora that grow in Meiji Jingu Park, it is one of Japan's most sacred and picturesque shrines. The Imperial Treasury House annex exhibits the coronation carriage and mementos of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
Within the heavily wooded grounds of the Meiji Jingu Shrine, you can indulge in the ancient pastime of iris viewing amid beautiful birdsong. Here, in the shrine's serene Inner Garden, meandering ponds have been planted with different varieties of irises, which burst into glorious displays of white, yellow and purple blossoms in the month of June. Irises were a favorite of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The practice of viewing the flowers was probably imported in ancient times from the Imperial Court of China. The blossoms are especially beautiful in early morning and late afternoon.
Shibuya is a Tokyo district that is known for its shopping and fashion. Start the day at the well-known meeting spot, Hachiko Statue, then head down any street to find great stores. Book 1st is a fantastic book store and Mandarake is the perfect place to find anime comics or toys. Find a great outfit at Hysteric Glamour or discover a great song at Tower Records. If you have a child, or are a kid at heart, don't miss the Disney Store. However, head to Shibuya 109 if you want to do all of your shopping at once. This impressive mall is in the middle of the street and is both a landmark and a shopping center.
A hut site from the Jomon era (8,000 BC) was unearthed at the Yoyogi grounds in 1950. A model of such a hut is now on view while some of the excavated pieces are exhibited in the main temple hall. The shrine was founded by a retainer of Minamoto no Yoritomo, after a dream of his in which an auspicious mirror appeared. The Minamoto family is associated with Hachimangu shrines.
This memorial shrine honors the military commander Admiral Heihachiro Togo (1848-1934) who was campaign commander in the defining 1905 victory against Russia at the Tsushima Straits. From 1914-1924 Togo supervised former Emperor Hirohito's education. In 1940 the shrine was established but destroyed in the air bombings of 1945. It was replaced by a contemporary building in 1969 and a memorial hall was added. Admission: Free