It seems that spring has come in Kyoto.The plum trees are now budding.
Kitano Tenmangu is good shrine in Kyoto.It is worth visiting
This gateway is a symbol of Kitano Tenmangu shrine.
This is a stone gurdian dog at the gate.
This is the entrance of the shrine.
This is outward appearance of main shrine.
This flower smells sweet!
This is main shrine,which is national treasure.
Kitano Tenmangu is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane,who is a nobleman in Heian era (about 1200 years ago)
He was a brilliant person,so he is known as "god of study" for everyone.
So this shrine is very popular among students preparing for an examination.
Now is the season of entrance examination,so students from all over the country come to this shrine to pray for success in the entrance examination.
The pink plum.
maiko in Tenmangu
She is Heian Hime.
Her sweetheart is a bad correspondent,so she is anxious about that.
She expressed that in her poetry.
Students write their wish on these votive tablets,and dedicate them to this shrine.
For example,"I'll definitely pass the entrance examination this year!" etc....
Like new year resolution.
This tablet is called "Ema".
May God answer their prayers!