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Wisteria: Fuji - Spring Flowers in Japan

Visiting one of the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Tokyo changes all the time, but there are a few places left that feel unchanged. Kameido Tenjin Shrine is a place like this. I was there today for the wisteria flower festival and it was like walking through the old print from "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" by Utagawa Hiroshige.

Wisteria flowers at Kameido Tenjin Shrine
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Fuji Matsuri - Wisteria Flower Festival

You can see the flowers everywhere in the city from late April. The Wisteria Flower Festival (藤まつり fuji matsuri) at Kameido Tenjin Shrine takes place April 20 - May 6, 2014.

The shrine has a beautiful garden with big ponds, wisteria, and plum trees. Round red bridges lead to the shrine across the ponds full of turtles and koi carp. Kameido is written 亀戸. Kame (亀) means turtle. Several of them were out today enjoying the sun and maybe the flowers, too.

Read more about Kameido Tenjin Shrine here http://www.kameidotenjin.or.jp/english/index.html

by David

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