The Seven Edo Tenjin (Tōto Nana Tenjin, 東都七天神)

February 9, 2020

The Seven Edo Tenjin (Tōto Nana Tenjin, 東都七天神

Following the 900th anniversary of Sugawara Michizane's death in 803 a cottage industry exploring shrines dedicated to him sprang up. In the Fūzokugahō (lit. Illustrated News Magazine of Manners and Customs) a group of Edo 25 Tenjin was described on the millennial of the master’s death in 1902. In total seven Edo Tenjin groups were enumerated. The one described here is now widely accepted as the standard Seven Edo Tenjin, and all are also included in the group of 25.

Kameido Ten Jinja                Kōtō-ku, Kameido 3-6-1                                     亀戸天神社     江東区亀戸3-6-1

 

Yushima Tenjin                     Bunkyō-ku, Yushima 3-30-1                              湯島天神        文京区湯島3-30-1

 

Hirakawa Tenman-Gũ        Chiyoda-ku, Hirakawa-chō 1-7-5                      平河天満宮       千代田区平河町1-7-5

 

Ushi Kitano Ten Jinja           Bunkyō-ku, Kasuga 1-5-2                                  牛天神北野神社 文京区春日1-5-2

 

Nishimuki Ten Jinja             Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 6-21-1                            西向天神社      新宿区新宿6-21-1

 

Gojoten Jinja                         Taitō-ku, Ueno Kōen 4-17                                  五条天神社      台東区上野公園4-17

Sekiya Tenman-Gũ, in the grounds of

Hikawa Jinja                          Adachi-ku, Senjū Naka-chō 48-2                       氷川神社         足立区千住仲町48-2

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