Places to visit in Shitamachi to pass an exam

Yushima Tenjin

"Yushima Tenmangu is a Shinto shrine commonly called Yushima Tenjin. This shrine was originally established in 458 A.D. in order to worship Ameno-tajikaraono-mikoto, one of deities appears in the Japanese myths. Later, in February 1355, the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a historical figure, was also enshrined to venerate his extraordinary virtue as a scholar." (from Yushima Tenjin website)
At this season, many students come to pray for their success in the entrance examinations to junior high schools, high schools or universities.

Ueno Daibutsu

This is used to be a big statue of sitting Buddha. In 1923, the great Kanto earthquake hit Tokyo and the head of the Daibutsu was dropped to the ground. Now, people come to pray to pass an exam, because the head on the ground will never dropped again.

Kameido Tenjin

Kameido Tenjin also enshrine Sugawara Michizane, so-called the God of studies. In spring, you can see beautiful wisteria flowers at this shrine.

If someone you care will take an exam, you can buy a lucky charm at these places to win. Most of these are from 500 yen to 1,000 yen.

by Keiko, OTT

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