We walk all the way from Ueno Park (Bentendo) to Yushima Tenmangu. Actually, I am really bad at reading map, so lucky my dad manage to figure the way out! Heh. We came at the right season for Plum Blossom and Yushima Tenmangu is famous for it!
Look at the pretty plum blossoms while we are climbing the stairs to enter Yushima Tenmangu! Even though plum blossoms are not as pretty as sakura, but I still love them.
Yushima Tenmangu is a Shinto shrine commonly known as Yushima Tenjin, This shrine was originally established in 458 A.D. in order to worship Ameno-tajikaraono-mikoto, one of the deities who appear in the Japanese myths. Later, in February 1355, the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a historical figure, was also enshrined to venerate his extraordinary virtue as a scholar.
In October 1478, Oota Dokanm a war lord in Kanto region, made the shrine building anew. Since then, many scholars and men of letters including Hayashi Doshun and Arai Hakuseki Confucian scholars in Edo period, have worshipped this shrine.
Nowadays, many students visit this shrine to express their reverence to the enshrined spirit as Kami of Learning. Especially in the season of school entrance examinations, young students visit to pray for the success of passing examinations, presenting Ema.
I really love writing on Ema. Though I am not a student (old already! haha), I still insisted to write on the Ema. 😛
I suppose the ‘Ume Matsuri’ (Ume festival) is still on because I saw these food stalls at Yushima Tenmangu. Bought some food to eat. The roundish snack is yummy!!!
The plum blossoms are in full bloom and they are really pretty! No wonder Yushima Tenmangu is famous for plum blossoms! 😀