Aug 7, 2012

伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari Taisha


I went to Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.


Established in 711, Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head of all the 30,000+ Inari Shrines throughout Japan.


It's famous for these torii.


A lot of them!!

Wow, beautiful!  There are more than 5,000 torii in total.
They are donated by individuals or corporations, and their names are on the back of each torii.


Fushimi Inari Taisha sits at the base of a mountain called Mt. Inari.  There are several shrines in the mountain. You follow the torii, and tour these shrines.
Does this hand-written map give you some idea?  


From medieval times, people visited these shrines in Mt. Inari.  


Seisho Nagon(966-1017), a court lady in Heian period, wrote in her famous book, "The Pillow Book."  One day in February, she visited Mt. Inari.  She wanted to go to the shrine on the top, but it was so hard climbing the mountain.  She was so hot and she wanted to cry. 


Well, if she was so hot and wanted to cry in February, what about me climbing there in AUGUST??

Up! 上って
Down! 下がって
Up again!! また上がって!

I was crying my eyes out!  I was melting and evaporating!!
(But these pictures don't show how hot it was, do they?) 


Each shrine has these interesting mounds behind it.
The mountain is filled with mystic air.  


And let me just show you proudly, this is the shrine on the top.


Many of you may already know that foxes are the messengers of Inari.  So, at Fushimi Inari, you can see many foxes. 

a very dynamic fox at the entrance 入口にある躍動的なきつね
Water comes down from his mouth...but it must be hard for him
carved fox 社殿の彫刻にもきつね
fox with a key 鍵をくわえたきつね
fox with ears of rice 稲穂をくわえたきつね

beautiful ones この2匹はすらりとかっこいいですね

these look old 古そうなきつねもあちこちに

It was soooo hot, but it was a nice interesting shrine.

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Rurousha said...

Thankyouthankyouthankyou! ^^ This is my favourite shrine in Japan!

I started laughing when I read that Sei Shonagon thought it was too hot in February. Those court ladies really needed a gym subscription!

I once walked up in June, and that was bad enough. I think in August I would just park myself under a waterfall and wait there until October.

PS: Were the cicadas very noisy?

Merry Witch said...

Yes, the cicadas were very noisy.

I thank YOU for making me want to go to Fushimi Inari Taisha. It has definitely become one of my favorite shrines, too!

Rurousha said...

It's my fault? I'm guilty? :D

Good! I'm glad I could look at more photos of Fushimi. ^^

So where will you go next? Will you remain in Kyoto for a few more days?

Merry Witch said...

Well, I'm back in Saitama now.

But later this month, I will make another trip to Izumo Taisha and "Little Kyoto of San-in," Tsuwano. And you know? They have another Inari Shrine. \(^o^)/