Kitano Tenman-gū

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The haiden, or main prayer hall.

Kitano Tenman-gū (北野天満宮?), also called Kitano Tenjin-jinja and Kitano Temmangū, is a Shinto shrine in Kamigyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan.[1]

History[change | change source]

The shrine was built in 947, to appease the angry spirit of Sugawara no Michizane.[2] He had been wrongly sent into exile.[3]

The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period.[4]

The current buildings date from the early 17th century.[5]

Timeline[change | change source]

From 1871 through 1946, the Kitano Tenman-gū was officially designated one of the Kanpei-chūsha (官幣中社?), meaning that it stood in the second rank of government supported shrines.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kitano Tenjin-jinja" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 531; Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1964) Visiting Famous Shrines in Japan, pp. 194-220.
  2. Nussbaum, "Sugawara no Michizane," p. 908.
  3. Smith, Roberta. "Unfurling a Thousand Years of Gods, Demons and Romance," New York Times. December 1, 2011; retreieved 2012-1-3.
  4. Breen, John. (2000). Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami, pp. 74-75.
  5. Nussbaum, p. 531.
  6. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1962). Studies in Shinto and Shrines, pp. 116-117.
  7. Ponsonby-Fane, Studies in Shrines, p. 118.
  8. Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 343.
  9. Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, pp. 126.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Kitano-tenmangu at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 35°01′52″N 135°44′07″E / 35.03111°N 135.73528°E / 35.03111; 135.73528