Photographer's Note

Kitano Tenman-gū (北野天満宮?) is a Shinto shrine in Kyoto, dedicated to Tenjin-san, the kami of scholarship. It was built in 942, to appease the angry spirit of scholar and poet Sugawara no Michizane, who had been exiled as a result of political maneuvers of his enemies in the Fujiwara clan. The shrine was dedicated to him, and in 986, he was deified and conferred the title of Tenjin (Heavenly Deity).
The grounds are filled with Sugawara's favorite tree, the ume.

Many students come to this shrine every year because it is believed that they can get clever if they pray here.

I boosted the red color just a little bit and also added some more contrast.

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