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Kameido Tenjinsha

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Kameido Shrine (亀戸天神社 Kameido Tenjinsha) is a Shintō shrine in the Kōtō Ward of Tōkyō. It was founded in 1662 and enshrines the deified spirit of the scholar Sugawara no Michizane, the patron of scholars and artists, who is worshipped by students before their entrance exams.

Michizane was a prominent political figure and scholar in the Heian Period who died in exile in Dazaifu where he had been banished by the powerful Fujiwara clan. He was later worshipped in the Dazaifu Tenman-gū (太宰府天満宮) Shrine located in modern-day Fukuoka Prefecture. In the mid-17th century, Sugawara Ōtori no Nobusuke, the head priest of the Dazaifu, sought to set up another Tenman-gū shrine in Edo, then the seat of the shogunate, in addition to the already existing Yushima Tenman-gū...

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