February 5, 2009

Yushima Tenjin (2)

main shrine of yushima tenjinThis is the main shrine of yushima tenjin.
It was rebuilt of wood in 1995.

main shrine of yushima tenjin
Formal name of yushima tenjin is "Yushima Tenmangu" in present time.
"Tenmangu" means a shinto shrine to worship "Sugawara Michizane" as a god.
Sugawara Michizane(845-903) was a excellent scholar, poet and politician.

"Tenjin" means Sugawara Michizane as god, also it has same meaning to "Tenmangu".
( But originally, "tenjin" means the heavenly gods. )

There are many "tenmangu" over Japan.

You can know more about this shrine in the link below.
Yushima Tenjin official home page in English

To be continued.

These photos were taken on February 1, 2009.


Malyss said...

a beautyful place; I like the wooden gates, with metal decorations,and the lanterns...This place seems very popular, there are a lot of people.

Kris said...

I always wondered how these wooden building hold up over the years.

Marc said...

The second picture really shows the size of the shrine. Do you know why they rebuilt it? Was it in poor condition?

nobu said...

Thanks all.

Mark; I don't know ceartainly.
I suppose it was not good condition.

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