Wednesday, June 23, 2010

fushimi inari

Fushimi Inari shrine is a short train ride from Kyoto and totally eye-popping. You can't help but feel reverent climbing the stairs through the thousands of orange gates, past the hundreds of stone fox statues, and up into the mountain. A few of the foxes are depicted holding keys in their mouths; the idea is that they are guardians over the rice granaries. So while Inari is the god of rice, he is also the god of prosperity; each of the gates were donated by Japanese businesses seeking blessings for their enterprises.

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