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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
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Visit date - 06/12/2021
Edit date - 11/13/2021
revision - 02/22/2022
revision - 03/07/2022
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane.
What makes this shrine different from other shrines is that the shrine was built over the tomb of Sugawara no Michizane, who is enshrined here.
Sugawara no Michizane, also called Tenjin-sama, is revered by people as a spirit of learning and sincerity.
Behind the main shrine of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, there is a museum called Kanko Historical Museum, which introduces the life of Sugawara no Michizane.
As described in the Kanko Historical Museum, Sugawara no Michizane was moved from Kyoto to Dazaifu in 901 by his political enemies.
The reason for the demotion was that Sugawara no Michizane was suspected of staging a coup d'etat against the Imperial Court.
However, Sugawara no Michizane was falsely accused of planning a coup d'etat, and he died in Dazaifu with a sad heart.
[ The following are the events after Sugawara no Michizane's death, which are not explained in the Kanko Historical Museum. ]
After the death of Sugawara no Michizane, many of his political enemies died one after another in Kyoto.
Then, a plague broke out in Kyoto.
In addition, lightning strikes killed political opponents of Sugawara no Michizane, which shocked the Emperor at the time.
Three months after the lightning strike, the emperor also died.
At this point, Sugawara no Michizane's coup plot is proven to be false.
After Sugawara no Michizane's death, a series of misfortunes occurred in Kyoto, which people believed to be the curse of Sugawara no Michizane.
Therefore, it was decided to build a shrine at the tomb of Sugawara no Michizane in Dazaifu and worship Sugawara no Michizane to appease the curse.
This is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
While most shrines are built to watch over the people living around the shrine, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine was built to appease the curse of Sugawara no Michizane.
Today, many people who visit the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine do not know about this.
However, even without knowing such circumstances, Sugawara no Michizane is now called Tenjin-sama, and is loved by people as a watch over them.
Just as the Inari Shrine is characterized by its many "Torii" and foxes, the Tenmangu Shrine is also characteristic.
The Tenmangu Shrine is characterized by "Uso" birds, cows, and plums.
At Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, camphor trees are also a characteristic feature of the shrine.
In Tenmangu Shrine, the bird "Uso" is the messenger of Tenjin-sama.
It has the same status as the fox in Inari Shrine.
"Uso" is also said to be a bird of good luck and a bird that purges misfortune.
"Uso", a wooden folk art, is also a lucky souvenir of Tenmangu Shrine.
The cow and the plum are related to Sugawara no Michizane, who is enshrined at Tenmangu Shrine.
For more information, please visit the Kanko Historical Museum.
And the next photo is "Tobi Ume", which is explained at the Kanko Historical Museum.
Today, "Tobi Ume" is carefully managed as a sacred tree in Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
One of the events at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is called "Kyokusui no en".
Kyokusui no en is held on the first Sunday of March every year.
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The following photos were taken when I visited Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine on February 22, 2022.
Many plum blossoms, one of the characteristics of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, were in beautiful bloom.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is a large place, so I will use a map to show you pictures of each point.
Most visitors to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine use Dazaifu Station.
The front of Dazaifu Station is the sando of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
Sando : This photo was taken at 6:00 in the morning.
Here are some photos of the Taiko Bridge area.
Here are some photos of the Temizu area.
Back side of inner sanctuary
Road to Kyushu National Museum
Kyushu National Museum
Kanko Historical Museum
Tenkai Inari Daimyojin Shrine
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Home Page : https://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp
TEL : +81-92-922-8225