Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Empress's poem; an Empress's gowns

"If left unpolished, the glow of precious stones will not shine forth; Surely this is also true of these human hearts of ours."
A poem by the Empress Shoken, wife of the Emperor Meiji.  This poster shows some of her gowns which were on display at the Museum Annex as part of a commemorative exhibit of the Empress's life.  These gowns are huge and heavy, and might have outweighed her!  The Empress was not only a fine poet, but also an advocate for women's education, advancement and employment.  Meiji Shrine is located in Yoyogi Park, and can be accessed from the side of Harajuku station that doesn't lead to Takeshita Street -- a lovely contrast typical of Japan.

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