The other day I went to Kitano Tenmangu shrine to see plum blossoms.
The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine built in the northwest section of Kyoto over 1000 years ago. The shrine was built by the emperor of the time in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician who represented the middle Heian period as well as for the peace of the nation. Ever since, the imperial family, nobles, samurais and commoners alike all visit the shrine to worship.
The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the very first shrine in Japanese history where an actual person was enshrined as a deity. He is best known for being the “god of academics.” Sugawara no Michizane is a historical figure and his superior talent is what led to the dissemination of the “Tenjin faith” throughout Japan. There are as many as 12,000 shrines that are dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane in Japan, but the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the origin and the main shrine. To this day, many students that pray for passing scores on examinations and persons who wish for the improvement of their abilities come here to visit.
Also this shrine has many different kind of plum trees within the area. These start blooming the end of February. In old days people thought plum bloom signed the beginning of spring.
Because of weekday I went so there was less people, I could spend time as long as I want.
It was really nice way to spend my day off :)
Plum blossoms were full blooming on that day. How I was lucky ! It was just just beautiful.
After visiting shrine, I went to a Japanese traditional confectionery shop to try traditional dango.
Dango are Japanese dumplings that are similar to rice cake. They are served on sticks of three or four.
To be honest, I am not big fan of anything sweet but this one made me smile. It was not as sweet as other traditional Japanese sweets.
It was great to try !
If you are around here, especially in spring it might be good idea to visit around here :)
Thank you for reading through :) See you next time !