Sugiwara no Michizane was the Japanese god of poetry and scholarship. He wrote classical Chinese poetry, was the closest associate to emperor Uda and the tutor of Uda's son. Michizane's rate of progress up the political ladder was astounding, and the supreme academic degree of Doctor of Literature award was bestowed on him at only thiry years of age. Bad stuff happened, and Michizane was exiled to Kyushu where he died two years later. His 23 children were saddened, I'm sure.

A famous Shinto festival is held in Kitano in Michizane/Tenjin's honor during the eighth month of each year. The essence of his heroism is in the nature of his ultimate failure.

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