Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine building
- A shrine was built by imperial command in 919.
- The presint main shrine building dates from 1591.
- Today,7 millions of students and parents from all over Japan visit the shrine to pray for success in academic exams.
- flying plum tree
- When Michizane left his garden inthe capital he bade farewell to his favourite plum tree with this poem:
- If the east wind blows Send your fragrance to me, O plum blossoms-- Even though you have no master, Do not forget the spring!
- According to legend, moreover, the plum tree returned his affection: soon after its master reached his place of exile, the tree flew through the air after him to the Dazaifu.
- The great plum tree that stands before the shrine today is identified on a signboard as the Tobi-ume, or "Flying Plum," and is said to be the direct descendant of the original tree.
- It is said also to be the first to blossom of the many thousands of plum trees surrounding the Temman-gu, the shrine that honours Michizane's memory.
- A plum tree at the right front side of the main building is called "Tobiume," which means "flying plum tree."