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Hilltop View, Yushima Tenjin Shrine, No. 117 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

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View of the side approach to Yushima Tenjin Shrine, which is on a hill about forty feet above the pond. There are two different stone stairways shown here, the steep Male Slope to the lower right and the gentler Female Slope, which the two figures in the center are ascending. From this hilltop view one can see Benten Shrine in the middle of Shinobazu Pond and to the right are some of the red temple buildings of Kan'eiji. Both stairways survive today, but multistory hotels now obstruct the view. Yushima Tenjin, one of the oldest shrines in Edo, was dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the patron saint of learning and the arts. Today Yushima Tenjin is known for its spring plum blossoms and is popular among students who pray to the patron saint of learning for success in school entrance examinations. There is a touch of festivity in the row of red lanterns on the teahouse to the left.


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