Share this on:
 E-mail
6
VIEWS
0
COMMENTS
 
SHARES
About this iReport
  • Not vetted for CNN

  • Click to view KyotoTrips's profile
    Posted March 12, 2014 by
    KyotoTrips

    More from KyotoTrips

    Smart Monkey “Ko-ume" Performing at the Yushima Tenjin Shrine in Tokyo!

     

     

    A few days ago while in Tokyo, I visited the Yushima Tenjin Shrine (湯島天満宮). This shrine is not so far from Ueno park and a favourite of students who come to pray for good luck with their examinations. It was also “plum blossom” season and the Yushima Tenjin Shrine is famous for its ume matsuri. While there, a lady was performing with a monkey, called Koume  or Little Plum (小梅). I have been to many shinto shrines, but never seen anything like this. She also mentioned that during the Sakura season the name of the monkey changes too,Ha!

    Perhaps it has to do with Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真, August 1, 845 – March 26, 903), he was a scholar, poet, and politician of the Heian Period of Japan. He is regarded as an excellent poet, particularly in Chinese poetry, and is today revered as the god of learning, Tenman-Tenjin (天満天神). Being that the monkey is so smart it can do all these tricks, just like Michizane, who was a brilliant man. I don’t know, you be the judge of that. Enjoy the show!

    What do you think of this story?

    Select one of the options below. Your feedback will help tell CNN producers what to do with this iReport. If you'd like, you can explain your choice in the comments below.
    Be and editor! Choose an option below:
      Awesome! Put this on TV! Almost! Needs work. This submission violates iReport's community guidelines.

    Comments

    Log in to comment

    iReport welcomes a lively discussion, so comments on iReports are not pre-screened before they post. See the iReport community guidelines for details about content that is not welcome on iReport.

    Add your Story Add your Story