Across the street from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, in Kyoto, is a gorgeous noodle place.
The building itself has been renovated while maintaining the exterior.
On the front of the building, just under the roof on the left side, a plum branch has been painted.
This of course is an allusion to the grove of plum trees at Tenmangu Shrine.
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine was built in honor of the poet and scholar Sugawara no Michizane (845-903). It draws many many students who come to pray to the patron saint of scholarship in the hopes they will be admitted to the high school or university of their choice.
Kitano Tenmangu also is known for its beautiful plums. It is said that there are 2000 trees, which bloom from February to March. On February 25th, there is a tea ceremony performed here by geisha from neighboring Kamishichiken geisha district.
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