wisteria festival

On May 5-6, Kameido Tenjin Shrine has its annual Fuji Matsuri (wisteria festival).  The shrine, dating back to 1646, was one of the most famous Shinto shrines in Edo and is a very popular destination still with modern Tokyoites because of its amazing array of plum blossoms and drooping fuji (wisteria) flowers. From late February through the second week of March is when the plum trees start to bloom and from late April through early May, the wisteria are in bloom.  Kameido Tenjin enshrines Sugawara no Michizane, a courtier from ancient times, who has been deified as the Shinto god of education.  Text and photography by Rekishi no Tabi on Flickr