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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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Kameido Tenjin (Tenmangu) Shrine Wisteria Festival is held in late April to early May. Entrance to Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine is a short walk from JR Kameido Station (Sobu Line).
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When the wisteria is in bloom, the shrine gets very crowded, especially on weekends. The alley leading to the shrine is also quite narrow.
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Tokyo Skytree now overlooks Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Skytree and the first taiko bridge.
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Tokyo Skytree
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White wisteria and Tokyo Skytree at Kameido Tenjin Shrine
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View from the first taiko bridge in 2014.
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View from top of bridge in 2005. After 1997 or so, the flowers do not bloom as thickly as before. Apparently, it is quite expensive to get it to bloom thick like in 1997.
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View from top of bridge in 1997. The shrine has two "taiko-bashi" arch bridges. This is the view from the top of the first one soon after you pass under the torii.
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Another view from the top of the bridge in 1997. Sadly, it doesn't bloom like this anymore.1 comments
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Another view from the top of the bridge in 1997.
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Another view from the top of the bridge in the good old days. They don't bloom like this anymore...
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Tokyo Skytree and azalea and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Skytree and azalea and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Skytree and azalea and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Looking back toward the the torii.
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Wisteria is low enough to smell.
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Path to the shrine. After you cross the bridge, there's a narrow path to the shrine, decorated by wisteria on both sides. Very crowded, but not unbearable.
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Wisteria trellis at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Skytree and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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White heron under the wisteria.
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White heron (shirasagi) hanging out on the pond.
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It soon snagged a baby carp from the pond. Poor innocent fish. It must be traumatic to be caught in a bird's beak and be swallowed whole.
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Second taiko-bashi bridge in 1997. You can see the second arch bridge which is right before the shrine hall. Compare this picture with the next one.
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Second taiko-bashi bridge in 2003. Notice how there are much less flowers along the edge of the pond. Also notice that the bridge has been rebuilt. It is now concrete painted fire-engine red.The old bridge was wooden with faded vermillion paint. I don't like this new bridge paint color.
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Photo taken in May 2014.
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Another shot taken in the good old days. Doesn't bloom like this anymore. The next photo shows what it looks like today.
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This is what it looks like today.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria and taiko-bashi bridge. Taiko-bashi is an arch bridge.
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The second taiko bridge and wisteria.
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White wisteria
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine's main worship hall.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine worships the famous scholar Sugawara Michizane. Many students pray here to pass school entrance exams.
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View from the shrine's worship hall.
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Shrine grounds include a kaguraden dance stage.
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During the wisteria festival, they hold various entertainment on stage.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine torii and wisteria
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Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine's wisteria made famous by Hiroshige's woodblock print from his series called "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo."
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Old taiko-bashi bridge. You can see how crowded the bridge can get.
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Old taiko-bashi bridge. This is the first arch bridge you cross. Shot in 1997. The bridges had steps made of wood. Now both bridges are made of concrete with concrete steps. The paint color is also more red.
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This is an old, hand-tinted postcard of Kameido Tenmangu Shrine from the early 20th century. It mimics the woodblock print.
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Shot in 2003.
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Azaleas also bloom around the same time as wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine. Both flowers symbolize Golden Week which is a string of holidays in late April and early May, serving as spring vacation for many workers.
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First bridge and azaleas
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The first taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo
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Torii and wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo
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Tokyo Skyrree at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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See this same shot during plum blossom season:
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine torii and taiko bridge with wisteria.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine also has many turtles in the pond. All these years, I thought they were cute. But I recently found out that these turtles are actually invasive species called red-eared slider or red-eared terrapin.Popular as pets when they are small.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo
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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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When the wisteria are in bloom, it is also lit up at night.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine also holds setsubun ceremony on Feb. 3, but at night. First the ogre appeared as they growled toward the shrine.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.
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Bean throwing didn't last long.
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Lots of people came to see the Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night in early May.
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Quite difficult to catch beans.
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Bagged this bag of beans.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Skytree at night.
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Bottom view of Kameido Tenjin Shrine wisteria at night.
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Raining wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Wisteria and Tokyo Skytree at night.
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Tokyo Skytree at Kameido Tenjin Shrine with the wisteria in bloom in the evening.
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Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine lit up in the evening.
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Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Shrine lit up in the evening.
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Tanuki welcomes customers to a restaurant in Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Entrance to Yushima Tenjin Shrine (also called Yushima Tenmangu) flanked by plum blossoms on the right.
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Founded in the 14th century, Yushima Tenjin Shrine is famous for plum blossoms and its dedication to Sugawara Michizane, the god of learning and scholarship.
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Ume Matsuri banners decorate the street leading to Yushima Tenjin.
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Behind the main shrine are weeping plum blossoms.
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Ema prayer tablets are accented by plum blossoms.
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine's plum blossom grove was in full bloom in early March.
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Yushima Tenjin also has a small Japanese-style garden with plum blossoms.
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The public was not allowed to enter the garden.
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