Chrysanthemum Festival 2016
22 October – 20 November 2016
Kameido Tenjin Shrine
Kameido Tenjin, located in eastern Tokyo, is a Shinto shrine dating back to the 17th century. It is dedicated to “Sugawara no Michizane”, originally a historical figure (a poet, scholar and politician, 845 – 903), later venerated and known as the god of learning. The shrine draws crowds of people who pay homage on occasions such as New Year’s Day or pray for success in exams. Visitors and tourists are also numerous when Japanese wisteria and plum trees come into full bloom, making the precinct quite picturesque.
Popularly called “Flower” Tenjin, the shrine is as well known for its annual chrysanthemum festival. Some 500 pots of mums, ranging from giant, gorgeous blooms to meticulously shaped bonsais, will be displayed around the main hall. Among the most anticipated is “Tokyo Skytree”, decked with numerous mum flowers, silhouetted against the real Skytree in the distance.
A few events will take place along with the festival: a concert given by members of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (22 October); the sale of chrysanthemums; and Shichi-go-san Festival (literally “Seven-Five-Three”, a rite of passage for children) and the stocking of koi carps in the shrine’s pond (13 November from 9 am onward).
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