Guide to Kansai Region

Tenjin-san Flea Market

In Kyoto, there are lots of flea markets take place here and there through a month. The flea market held on the 25th of each month at Kitano Tenmangu shrine is called Tenjin-san. I love to hang around flea market! For those people want to buy second hand kimono , obi sash or other handmade goods or accessories made by kimono fabric, it might be a paradise!

But if you come to Tenjin-san you might want to visit the worship hall of Kitano Tenmangu shrine first before hanging around the market to show your respect to the guardian!
It was built in the 10th century by the emperor of the time in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, who was a scholar and politician. Since he was really intelligent and also a talented poet, he was enshrined as a deity of study, Tenjin-deity. In the precinct, there are many figures of ox. Ox is a messenger of Tenjin deity, believed to cure ailing spot if you touched the same spot of the ox. Furthermore, if you come here on the 25th you might have a chance to see “Saru mawashi” monkey show in the precinct for free!! The shrine is also famous for lots of ume blossoms-Japanese apricot trees, which come into bloom in February to March. So if you come here on the 25th of February, you could enjoy ume-blossoms festival, which comes with Geiko(Geisha)and maiko’s tea ceremony session and monkey show and flea market!!!!

Well, let’s get back to the original topic, I went to the market on the 25th September, this time.
It was sunny day and quite hot but I enjoyed looking for a lucky find. I bought some cute accessories for each 900yen, handmade shoulder bag made with obi sash for 500yen, and a scarf made with silk kimono fabric for 800yen! Next month, I want to go to Toji temple’s flea market!

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