In autumn 2021, I checked out Yushima Tenjin’s chrysanthemums. Earlier that day, I visited Shinjuku Gyoen to see its flowers. At that time, the weather was perfect. I lucked out as the conditions continued into the afternoon. It was an excellent day for flower photography.
As it was a weekday, the shrine wasn’t too crowded. Some had come to pray. But most wanted to see these pretty flowers. I’m sure they were impressed. What made me happy was not having to wait to take photos.
The chrysanthemums were excellent. They were as good as the ones I saw at Shinjuku Gyoen. The only difference was the way they were displayed.
I hope you don’t mind me voicing one complaint. Yushima Tenjin has one flaw. Concrete surrounds the shrine. It would be nice if there were more grass. The only “green” is near the plum blossom grove at the back, but it is pretty barren in autumn.
It isn’t a huge problem, though. The pretty chrysanthemums and the shrine keep your eyes fixed on them. I’ve only started to notice the concrete. Maybe I’ve been to the shrine so many times I was blind to it.
If you are looking for something more “natural,” there is another shrine that fits the bill. You could visit Omiya Hachimangu in Suginami ward. It has far trees. Some might find it a little far out in the suburbs, though. Here, you are near Ueno. So, once you finish your visit, you won’t have far to go to see something.
Anyway, it didn’t detract from the displays. The ozukuri and ogiku were fabulous. I like those varieties a lot. But, this time, the kengai outdid them.
Kengai are many hundreds of tiny flowers draped over a slightly arched lattice. They look like they are hanging over a cliff. These displays can be up to approximately two meters in length. Some were on the shrine’s steps, and they looked marvelous.
As always, there was a monkey show. The cute guy put on a slapstick and acrobatic routine in front of an appreciative crowd. This type of entertainment is still popular in Japan.
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