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Held every autumn, the Chrysanthemum Festival (Kiku Matsuri) at Kameido Tenjin Shrine displays many exotic and pretty varieties of this flower in November.
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7-year-old girl in kimono on the bridge. Many kids in kimono visit shrines in Nov. when they reach age 3 (girls), 5 (boys), or 7 (girls).
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The kiku can be shaped and trimmed in fantastic ways. Very nice when you go and see them during shichi-go-san in Nov. when 7-year-old and 3-year-old girls and 5-year-old boys come to shrine in kimono.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine
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Girls in kimono pose in front of the flowers
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Girls in kimono pose in front of the flowers
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Flowery backdrop for picture-taking.
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亀戸天神菊まつり
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Bonsai-like chrysanthemum
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In 2014, they had a Tokyo Skytree in chrysanthemums at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Skytree in chrysanthemums at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Skytree in chrysanthemums at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tokyo Skytree in chrysanthemums at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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Tiny yellow chrysanthemum
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Red bursts of chrysanthemum
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Looks like they are on fire
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Christmas trees?
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Half domes
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Star bursts
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Tiny chrysanthemum
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Tiny red chrysanthemum
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Tiny white chrysanthemum
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Anime characters for the kids
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Anpan Man
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Flowery peacock
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Chrysanthemum peacock
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Award-winning kiku
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Award-winning chrysanthemum
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Unusual
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Petals need support
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Droopy petals
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Poster
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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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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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These plum trees also bear fruit. The shrine staff harvest the plums (ume) in May.
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White and red plum blossoms and the torii gate at Kameido Tenjn Shrine.
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Plum trees grew since the last time I took this shot.
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Benten Shrine
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Kameido Tenjin is one of the thousands of Tenmangu/Tenjin shrines in Japan that worship the famous Japanese scholar Sugawara Michizane (845–903) deified as Tenjin, the god of learning and scholarship.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine main worship hall. Notice the red and white plum blossoms on both sides.
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine main worship hall in Feb. 2019.
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Many students pray here during January to February to pass school entrance exams or to do well in school.
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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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Ema tablets with wisteria design for Kameido Tenjin Shrine.
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2019 was the Year of the Boar.
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Sugawara Michizane is closely associated with plum blossoms because he once wrote a poem for his beloved plum blossoms that "flew through the air" (飛梅) to follow him when he was exiled to Dazaifu in Fukuoka.
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That's why most Tenmangu/Tenjin shrines have plum blossoms. Kameido Tenjin Shrine flanked with red and white plum blossoms in March.
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These plum blossoms are from Dazaifu Shrine in Fukuoka. Feb. 2019.
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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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Sacred cow statue. Rub the nose for good luck.
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Monument for the man who first manufactured matches in Japan.
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Statue of Sugawara Michizane as a child.
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Memorial for writing brushes and any writing instruments including pens. You can put used pens in the box for disposal.
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Plum blossoms on the left side of the shrine.
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Weeping plum tree.
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Weeping plum tree.
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Plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, Tokyo
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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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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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Mitake Shrine
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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.
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View from top of bridge years ago. 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 years ago. Sadly, it doesn't bloom like this anymore.1 comments
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Another view from the top of the bridge years ago.
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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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