At Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, which enshrines Sugawara Michizane, known as the god of learning, the ``Plum Blossom Festival'' was held to commemorate Michizane.

At Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, the Plum Blossom Festival is held every year on February 25th, the anniversary of Sugawara Michizane's death, in memory of Michizane Sugawara, who is said to have loved plum blossoms.

On the 25th, in addition to offerings of tea and plum blossoms, a field event was held at a special venue set up on the grounds where visitors could enjoy tea.

Until last year, the number of participants was limited due to the influence of the new coronavirus, but this year, for the first time in four years, the event was held at the same scale as usual, and visitors were able to enjoy tea prepared by geisha and maiko. I did.

Approximately 1,500 plum trees of 50 different varieties within the temple grounds reached their peak bloom earlier than usual, and visitors were able to take photos and enjoy the scent despite the rain.

A woman in her 80s who came from Fukui Prefecture said, ``It was cold today, but the hot tea was delicious.The plum blossoms were in full bloom, which was nice, and the maiko looked great in their kimono, which was wonderful.'' I was talking.

The plum blossoms on the grounds can be enjoyed until mid-March.