Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival

On April 24th, I visited Kameido Tenjin Shrine (website only in Japanese) during their Wisteria Festival (website only in Japanese, held through April 23rd – May 5th).
The shrine’s garden, being famous as the Wisteria of Kameido since the Edo period (1603-1868), its Wisterias more than a 100, will start blooming from the end of April. The garden lit at night, shows a different scene from daytime.Kameido Tenjin is a Shinto shrine established in Kanbun 2 (1662) by Sugawara O-Torii Nobusuke, a descendant of Sugawara no Michizane (Heian Period (794-1185or1192) scholar, poet, politician and later the Kami (god, deity) of scholarship) and a Shinto priest of Dazaifu Tenman-gū (a shrine in Fukuoka Prefecture, dedicated to Tenjin, the deified form of Michizane). The shrine’s origin dates back to 1661 when he arrived at Kameido village in Honjo, traveling around Japan wishing to establish a shrine to propagate Tenjin, offering the local shrine a small statue of Tenjin, made from an Ume tree associated with Michizane.
Following the Great Fire of Meireki (1657), the shogunate aiming for reconstruction, designated Honjo as a location for a development project. Tokugawa Ietsuna (1641-1680), the fourth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate offering land for the shrine, it was built in Kanbun 2 (1662) as a local guardian adopting Dazaifu Tenman-gū’s architecture and arrangements.
Kameido Tenjin is a 15 minute walk from JR Sobu line Kameido station.

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