Yushima Tenmangu (Shinto Shrine)
Yushima Tenmangu is a Shinto Shrine, and enshrines the God of Learning, Sugawara Michizane who was a nobleman famous in both sword and the pen. He was also a well know scholar in Heian period. He fell into the snare set by his opponents and demoted to Dazaifu where he died. Yushima Tenmangu is one of the eleven thousand shrines enshrining the God of Learning.
This shrine was originally established in 458 to enshrine Ameno-tajikarano-mikoto who is known as a Herculean power from Japanese myth. Later in 1355, Sugarwara Michizane was enshrined along the side.
Ume Matsuri is well known festival held every spring.
During the festival, the Yushima Tenjin Shiraume Taiko (Japanese drum), Japanese festival music, ceremonial entertainments, rakugo and nodate (open air tea ceremony) entertain visitors.
Those plum blossoms have been famous since Edo period and their look and scent have attracted many intellects of each time. One of them is a novelist Izumi Kyoka, he wrote a novel “Onnakeizu” which is set in the precincts. The play adopted from the story is known as “Yushima no shiraume” and called a masterpiece.
About 2,500 pots of chrysanthemum and kiku ningyo (chrysanthemum mannequins) are exhibited. This festival is the only festival in Tokyo you can see kiku ningyo. Growing chrysanthemum was once prospered in this area. To keep this tradition, that is recommended to neighbor elementary schools and the pots of chrysanthemum grown by the students can be seen at the site.
Hoping to feel atmosphere of the Edo public culture while your visit.