July 04, 2017

Tenjin-san Flea Market

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine (北野天満宮), established in the tenth century, is dedicated to Tenjin (菅原道真, Sugawara no Michizane), the patron saint of students, who flock here from all over the country to pray for success in examinations, especially high school and university entrance exams. Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine is a must-see if you are in Kyōto on the 25th of the month when a huge flea market (天神さん, known as Tenjin-san to the locals) takes over the grounds of the shrine.

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