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Kameido Tenjin Shrine is a short walk from JR Kameido Station. Small banners reading "Kameido Plum Blossom Festival" show the way to the shrine.
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Made famous by woodblock prints from the Edo Period, Kameido Tenmangu Shrine (also called Kameido Tenjin Shrine) in Kameido, Koto Ward, Tokyo is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, a scholar of the Heian Period (794-1185), a god of learning.
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Many students hoping to pass school entrance exams come to pray here. In Feb. and March, numerous plum blossoms bloom in white, red, and pink.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.
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Wisteria bed is bare.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine's ume plum blossoms made famous by Hiroshige's woodblock print from his series called "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo."
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Numerous plum trees on the way to Kameido Tenjin Shrine worship hall.
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Plum blossoms and Tokyo Sky Tree.
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The shrine's background is changed forever with Tokyo Sky Tree.
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Turtles
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Taiko bridge
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White and red plum blossoms and the torii gate at Kameido Tenjn Shrine.
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Benten Shrine
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine main worship hall. Notice the red and white plum blossoms on both sides.
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Votive tablets, made of wood and hung near the worship hall. People who buy it write their wish on it.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine flanked with red and white plum blossoms in March.
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Offertory box
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Inside the main worship hall.
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Sacred cow statue.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.
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Heron stalking fish in the pond at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Heron stalking fish in the pond at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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The right side of the worship hall is also lined with plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.
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Performers on the Kaguraden stage.
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More plum blossoms on the right side of the shrine.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Weeping plum blossoms.
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Torii and plum blossoms.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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The Usokae Festival is held every January at the Kameido Tenmangu (Tenjin) Shrine. "Uso" means bullfinch, and "kae" means to change. The bullfinch is a symbol of good luck, and uso can also mean "lie." People replace their wooden uso dolls believing that the previous year's bad luck was a lie, to be exchanged for good luck in the new year with the new uso doll.
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Bullfinch exchange. The person puts her old bullfinch on the rack and prays.
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People then go to the bullfinch stall on the left of the main worship hall.
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Usokae stall
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Usokae stall. The uosokae dolls come in various sizes, look pretty much the same.
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Usokae stall
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A pair of giant usokae dolls flank the entrance to the main worship hall.
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During the festival, stage performances are held.
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