Sponsors inside Meiji Jingu temple

When I visited the Meiji Jingu temple for the Hatsumode tradition there were lots of sake bottles at the altar from different famous distilleries that pay to have their bottles placed next to the Gods. By doing this they hope business will go well in the future.
The funny thing is that there were Coke and Sprite bottles as well (The sign says Tokyo Coca-Cola bottling company). The monk was sitting down next to the Coke bottles during the whole ceremony :). I wonder how much The Coca-Cola Company payed to have those bottles placed right there in the most visited Hatsumode ceremony in the country. Can you imagine a Christian priest with Coke bottles next to the altar during mass?

Meiji Jingu
Altar overview

Meiji Jingu
Sponsors inside the temple!

2 Comments
  • Ekowc

    August 26, 2009 at 5:33 am

    lol
    Coca-Cola really stands out.

  • Jansen

    August 27, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I think it’s rather crude. All the other companies have their wine placed there very tastefully and discrete (even the one in the red box). But Coca Cola has a huge sign over their!
    They should have just sent in a single malt. It would have been a lot classier than to say, ‘We’re attention hog!’