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This is an imagined portrait of Sugawara no Michizane (845902), a scholar, courtier, and government official who is best remembered for his skill at composing poetry in Chinese. Dressed as a Chinese scholar and grasping a branch of flowering plum, Michizane dreams of traveling to China. Although Michizane was slandered by both political and academic rivals and died in exile, he was later deified as Tenjin (Heavenly Being) and worshipped by generations of aspiring poets, scholars, and calligraphers. Throughout Japan, people visit shrines to Tenjin on the twenty-fifth day of each month, but especially on February 25, celebrated as Tenjin's birthday, when the plum trees are in bloom.
- Published References
- Robert Borgen. Sugawara no Michizane and the Early Heian Court., Pbk. ed. Honolulu. .
- Smithsonian Year 1984. Washington. p. 187.
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- Japanese Art
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