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Most viewed - Kameido Tenmangu Shrine Plum Blossom Festival 亀戸天満宮 梅まつり
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.280 views
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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.262 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.212 views
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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." 205 viewsPeople 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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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.197 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.189 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.141 views
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Usokae stall. The uosokae dolls come in various sizes, look pretty much the same.126 views
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A pair of giant usokae dolls flank the entrance to the main worship hall.124 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.119 views
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During the festival, stage performances are held.118 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Sky Tree.116 views
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Bullfinch exchange. The person puts her old bullfinch on the rack and prays.115 views
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Usokae stall107 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.107 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.105 views
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People then go to the bullfinch stall on the left of the main worship hall.104 views
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White and red plum blossoms and the torii gate at Kameido Tenjn Shrine.100 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.97 views
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The right side of the worship hall is also lined with plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.97 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree and plum blossoms at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.97 views
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Usokae stall90 views
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Heron stalking fish in the pond at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.86 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine flanked with red and white plum blossoms in March.83 views
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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.40 views
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Wisteria bed is bare.39 views
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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.37 views
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The shrine's background is changed forever with Tokyo Sky Tree.35 views
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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."35 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine and Tokyo Skytree at night.35 views
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Taiko bridge34 views
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Performers on the Kaguraden stage.34 views
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Offertory box33 views
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Photogenic shot of plum blossoms and a taiko bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo.33 views
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More plum blossoms on the right side of the shrine.33 views
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Numerous plum trees on the way to Kameido Tenjin Shrine worship hall.32 views
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Inside the main worship hall.32 views
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Heron stalking fish in the pond at Kameido Tenjin Shrine.32 views
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Weeping plum blossoms.32 views
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Torii and plum blossoms.32 views
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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.32 views
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Bagged this bag of beans.32 views
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Plum blossoms and Tokyo Sky Tree.31 views
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Benten Shrine31 views
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Votive tablets, made of wood and hung near the worship hall. People who buy it write their wish on it.31 views
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Sacred cow statue.31 views
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Bean throwing didn't last long.31 views
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Quite difficult to catch beans.31 views
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Kameido Tenjin Shrine main worship hall. Notice the red and white plum blossoms on both sides.30 views
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Turtles29 views
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