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2009.10.21 Countless wishes at Fushimi Inari

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Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷) is a shrine in Kyoto. The history dates back to 711. The shrine is the headquarter of all 30,000 Inari shrines(稲荷神社) in Japan. They were built for the sake of good harvest and good business. You can see the shape of gates at all shrines in Japan, meaning the gate from the place where people live to where gods live.
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Although you can usually see one or a few gates at shrine, Here at Fushimi inari(伏見稲荷) there are so many gates, called "Sen-bon Torii"(千本鳥居: thousands of shrine's gates). Actually, the number of them at the shrine has reached 10,000 now!
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Each of them was buillt as donation by someone who thanked that one's wishe had granted, or who made a wish to come true.
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Which way do you want to go?
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The endless gates as our countless wishes.
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At every Inari shrine, there're two statues of fox as servants for the god. They like fried bean-curd, and that's why a Japanese food "fried bean-curd stuffed with boiled rice" is calld O-Inari-san"(お稲荷さん)in Japanese. If you want to see the picture of it, click here.
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The sunset from Fushimi Inari shrine

<Info of Fushimi Inari 伏見稲荷>
Address: 68, Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto, JAPAN
(京都市伏見区深草藪之内町68番地)
MAP: Here
Official website: Here
Entrance fee: free

  1. 2009/10/21(水) 23:46:53|
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