Last additions - Yushima Tenjin Shrine Chrysanthemum Festival 湯島天神 菊まつり
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Plum blossoms at Yushima Tenjin Shrine. See photos of Yushima Tenjin's Plum Blossom Festival here.Nov 29, 2010
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Map of Yushima Tenjin Shrine grounds.Nov 29, 2010
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine has numerous monuments.Nov 29, 2010
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Onna-zaka is lined with plum blossoms which bloom in Feb.Nov 29, 2010
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These longer steps are called Onna-zaka or Female Slope.Nov 29, 2010
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Steps called Otoko-zaka or Male Slope. This was where many geisha went back and forth between their geisha quarters during the Edo Period.Nov 29, 2010
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Yushima Tenjin Chrysanthemum Festival posterNov 29, 2010
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Tomoe-nishiki chrysanthemums exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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Behind the Honden.Nov 29, 2010
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Signs explaining the species are also provided. Nothing in English though.Nov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. The flowers are already withering. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. The semi-globe usually has six circular rows. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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This species, called Tomoe Nishiki (巴錦), is especially regal-looking with petals deep-red on the inside and gold on the outside.Nov 29, 2010
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A trio of chrysanthemum plants in a single pot is called bon'yo. 盆養Nov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemum tiger at Togakushi Shrine.Nov 29, 2010
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Togakushi Shrine.Nov 29, 2010
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A small shrine called Togakushi Shrine.Nov 29, 2010
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Behind the Honden is this building also full of chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums displayed in the kengai-zukuri style. The wooden plaque has the name of the sponsoring company. 懸崖作りNov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums displayed in the kengai-zukuri style. 懸崖作りNov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums displayed in the kengai-zukuri style. 懸崖作りNov 29, 2010
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Notice the huge wooden prayer tablets.Nov 29, 2010
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Plum tree monument.Nov 29, 2010
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Plum trees. These will bloom in Feb.Nov 29, 2010
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Receive advice here for growing chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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Bull statue at Yushima Tenjin Shrine.Nov 29, 2010
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Peacock chrysanthemum displays in a bontei display. 盆庭Nov 29, 2010
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Lion dog on a pedestal with a plum blossom design.Nov 29, 2010
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Peacock chrysanthemum display.Nov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums shaped like Mt. Fuji. Capped by white flowers for snow. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.Nov 29, 2010
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The path is also lined with more chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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Path from Omote Torii to the Honden. On the right is the Yushima Tenjin Museum. 宝物殿Nov 29, 2010
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine and torii monuments. Nov 29, 2010
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Path from Omote Torii to the Honden.Nov 29, 2010
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine's Omote Torii, made of bronze, was built in 1667.Nov 29, 2010
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Bonsai chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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Bonsai chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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Beyond the dolls is this building with bonsai chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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Heart-shaped chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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Closeup of chrysanthemums exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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Chrysanthemums exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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Notice the Black Ships (Kurofune) in the background. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.Nov 29, 2010
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Ryoma bears a resemblance to Fukuyama Masaharu who portrays Ryoma in the TV series.Nov 29, 2010
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Another scene from Ryoma-den.Nov 29, 2010
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Very well done, and it makes this chrysanthemum festival unique. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.Nov 29, 2010
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Wife Oryo chrysanthemum doll.Nov 29, 2010
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Sakamoto Ryoma and wife Oryo as chrysanthemum dolls called kiku ningyo. Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo 菊人形Nov 29, 2010
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Sakamoto Ryoma chrysanthemum doll at Yushima Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo.Nov 29, 2010
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These chrysanthemum dolls are based on the current NHK Taiga Drama TV series called "Ryoma-den," about Sakamoto Ryoma.Nov 29, 2010
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine also has life-size chrysanthemum dolls.Nov 29, 2010
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Next to the shrine office are more chrysanthemums. They are exhibited in a half-globe shape called Oozukuri. 大作りNov 29, 2010
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Near the Honden is the shrine office where you can apply to have a private prayer in the shrine hall.Nov 29, 2010
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine ema tablet.Nov 29, 2010
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This wooden ema votive tablet wishes for entrance to Harvard University.Nov 29, 2010
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High school girls tie on a wooden tablet (called ema).Nov 29, 2010
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Facing the Honden is this massive collection of wooden prayer tablets written with the donor's prayers. Most of them are bought/written by students praying to pass school entrance exams.Nov 29, 2010
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Small red chrysanthemums displayed in the kengai-zukuri style. 懸崖作りNov 29, 2010
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At the Honden, chrysanthemums displayed in the kengai-zukuri style where smaller flowers slope downward. 懸崖作りNov 29, 2010
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Praying at Yushima Tenjin Shrine's Honden.Nov 29, 2010
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The Honden is flanked by chrysanthemums displayed in the kengai-zukuri style. 懸崖作りNov 29, 2010
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Yushima Tenjin Shrine was one of Hiroshige's "100 Views of Edo" ukiyoe primt series. Honden main hall during the Chrysanthemum Festival in Nov. Bunkyo- Ward, Tokyo.Nov 29, 2010
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The design of the Imperial Family crest is based on this type of chrysanthemum.Nov 29, 2010
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Adjacent to the Honden is this building with more chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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The path to the shrine's Honden main hall is lined with more chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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In the background is the roof of the Honden main hall.Nov 29, 2010
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At the top of the steps are structures housing elaborate chrysanthemum displays. Nov 29, 2010
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Steps going up to Yushima Tenjin (Tenmangu) Shrine. This is the gate closest to Yushima Station on the Chiyoda subway line. The steps are accented by pots of chrysanthemums.Nov 29, 2010
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In 2010, Yushima Tenjin Shrine's 32nd Chrysanthemum Festival (Kiku Matsuri) was held from Nov. 1 to 23. Free admission from 6 am until dark.Nov 29, 2010
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