See Kameido Tenjin-shrine's Fuji-Matsuri a famous, beautiful Wisteria Festival!
dim. 21 avril à 04:00
Enjoy the beauty of purple Wisteria blooming at one of Tokyo's greatest shrines! The festive Kameido Tenjin "Fuji Matsuri" has been celebrated here continuously since the early 1600's! Walking through the festival along the sacred roads, we'll enjoy the bustling, festive atmosphere of historic Kameido where countless vendors of rare goods and delicous foods will be available for us to enjoy! http://kameidotenjin.or.jp/ https://matcha-jp.com/en/1789?utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=JNTO Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zQZNlL6rbw Wisteria (Fuji) flowers begin blooming all at once in late April. These lovely lavender-colored flowers are comprised of several bunches, and are especially beautiful when dangled from wisteria trellises. Walking to Kameido Tenjin Shrine from Kameido Station, we'll enjoy soaking in the atmosphere of the shitamachi (old downtown area) which will be celebrating the upcoming "Children's Day" with a display of huge, brilliantly colored koi (carp) banners on some of the side streets! On our way, we'll also visit the elegant Katori Shrine In Kameido, home of the Giant Daikon, and several Lucky Gods of Japan!! Tokyo’s Kameido Tenjin Shrine is most well-known for its famous arched red bridge and the purple wisteria hanging from trellises. Naturally, there are also hundreds of turtles, or "kame" in the pond! Kameido Tenjin Shrine is known as the best place in Tokyo to view wisteria. Beneath the wisteria trellises is a quiet pond, creating the unique scenery of purple flowers reflected on the surface of the water. Records indicate that Tsunayoshi, the fifth Tokugawa shogun, and Yoshimune, the eighth shogun, visited this shrine to see beautiful wisteria flowers. The flowers were supposedly planted in the Edo period and the bridges were originally build in the mid-1600s, were burned down during WWII and rebuilt in the 1950's. The Kameido Shrine is dedicated to the 9th-century scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, who is considered the "kami" or spiritual patron of all scholars and students! The Shrine has also been the subject of many famous artists, including Hiroshige who captured the shrine as #65 in his “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”. After the Wisteria Festival, we may stroll along the riverside parks to Oshiage shitamachi, (old downtown) visit a few unique traditional crafts and sweet shops, ending up at Tokyo Sky Tree! PLEASE NOTE: There is a 500 Yen Meetup fee for our events. We work hard to plan and manage enjoyable events for you, so please give more if you can. Coming late, being a "no-show" or changing your RSVP after the deadline affects your fellow members and organizers too, so please be considerate. This is a non-smoking meetup. If you wish to smoke, please do so away from the group, and only in designated smoking areas. Your comments and suggestions for future meetups are always welcome! Thanks! @}:^) Kerry and the crew of Omatsuri Japan.