The main figure worshipped at Kitano Tenjinsha Shrine in Kōnan City is Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真; 845-903), the Heian period scholar, poet and politician revered as the god of learning. At the beginning of the exam period, the shrine bustles with students and their family members praying for success in upcoming exams.
Begun in 1964 as part of efforts to revitalize the local community, from around 14:30 on 19 Jan. the annual procession to dedicate the great brush is held, and a cart bearing an enormous brush measuring 4m long and weighing around 50 kg is pulled from Central Park (中央公園) to the shrine, accompanied by children, adults of "unlucky" ages, and other parishioners as the procession winds through the streets.
When: Sat. 18 and Sun. 19 Jan.
Where: Kitano Tenjinsha Shrine (北野天神社) and surrounding area in Kōnan City (江南市)
Access: A 2-minute walk east from Kōnan Sta. (江南駅, IY10) Exit 2 on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線)
Photo courtesy of Kōnan City