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Plum Blossoms are Coming in in Kyoto
Standing Tall at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Standing Tall
at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan

At Stéphane Barbery's suggestion that the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine's plum were ripe for the photographic picking, I popped over for a quick 45-minute visit today. This is the same place I wrote about a week or so ago, both in Kyoto Plum-Blossom Preview: Scenes From a Year Ago Today where I talked about how Feb 22 was too early for the plum blossoms, and in the less blossom-centric post The Many Lanterns and Overwhelming Sumptuousness of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

It was chilly (~10C / 50F), but a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere...

Shrine Visit -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Shrine Visit
Line -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Line

The shot above doesn't really work because the only thing in focus is the group of people in the far background, leaving the big gate building in the foreground annoyingly and dominatingly out of focus. I'd intended it this way (the group of people are in line to pay respects, as described on this post), but nah, the result doesn't work.

From about the same vantage, toward the side I noticed a tree growing out of the stump of its ancestor (perhaps a fitting image for reincarnation) net to some kind of cow statue...

Holy Cow! -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Holy Cow!
Jangling to grab the gods' attention (again, as described here ) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Jangling
to grab the gods' attention
(again, as described here)

Having noticed that one of the lanterns was dated 1879 while writing a recent post, I checked out a few more lanterns for dates today. The closest of these three is dated 1866...

Contemporaries the other two are about 10 years younger -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Contemporaries
the other two are about 10 years younger

However, in the hallway I wrote about before, I found one dated 1835...

From 1835 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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From 1835
Its Bottom, with the Date -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Its Bottom, with the Date

I didn't have time to check them all, so there are some left for my next visit.

I'd posted a photo titled Lanterns the other day. These next two shots are similar, but from a different wall of the same building...

desktop background image of a row of lanterns adorning a wall at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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desktop background image of a row of lanterns adorning a wall at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Of course, by this time in the season there are plenty of plum blossoms.

desktop background image of plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- Baby Plums -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Baby Plums
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I didn't take too many blossom photos because I've already got plenty (as a click on the nearby photos link under any of these photos will show), but you can't visit during plum-blossom season without taking at least a few. :-)

In Bunches -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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In Bunches

The many variety of plum blossom at different times and different rates, so there's currently quite a range, from bare trees to full-on maximum.

Shade of Pink #12 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Shade of Pink #12
Relaxed Atmosphere though these trees have a long way until full bloom -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Relaxed Atmosphere
though these trees have a long way until full bloom
Smattering of Color -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Smattering of Color
Close to Full Bloom -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Close to Full Bloom
desktop background image of plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Everyone's a Critic -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Everyone's a Critic

The real draw of the place is the plum orchard, which costs about $6 to enter. I didn't have time to do so today, but from what I could see from the temple's main gate (the photo below), it was starting to fill in nicely... much better than two weeks earlier in the season when it's mostly bare....

Orchard, from Afar -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Orchard, from Afar

Comments so far....

Beautiful!
It’s still so cold, though, spring seems so far away here in Kansai. *sigh*

I actually saw snow this morning in Kyoto! —Jeffrey

— comment by zoomingjapan on March 5th, 2014 at 11:09am JST (7 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink

Mmm.. looks good. Will be in Kyoto on 16 March 2014 for a few days. Hoping that the plum blossoms at Kitano Tenmangu will still be putting on a show then. When is the best time to visit the shrine and its park – early morning, late morning, afternoon, late afternoon?

Also attending the Hanatouro at Higashiyama that week too.

Mid march is their prime, so your timing is perfect. What time of day? Yes. All of the above. I just hope it warms up… we’re having a bit of snow today. —Jeffrey

— comment by berantle on March 7th, 2014 at 2:10pm JST (7 months, 25 days ago) comment permalink
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