Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
Nestled in at the base of Kyoto’s Fushimi-ku mountain named Inari is one of Japan’s most popular shrines, Fushimi-Inari Taisha. Serving as the head shrine for as many as 32,000 Japanese Inari’s shrines, Fushimi-Inari Taisha becomes almost like a pilgrimage location every New Year.
The growth and importance of Inari focused on its core belief system and that Inari is the god of rice. Prior to circulation of money, Japan measured prosperity or wealth based on rice. As Inari became more popular, it became recognized as the patron of business and through worship, wealth. As a sign of gratitude, individuals or business would donate a torii to the shrine. The Fushimi Inari Taisha has over ten thousand torii, or traditional Japanese gates. The gates represent transition between the profane and sacred.
Throughout Fushimi Inari Taisha fox statues can be found on guard. Kitsune, the foxes, are considered to have superior intelligence and magical powers. In Inari, the kitsune zenkos (good foxes) are believed to be benevolent, celestial and served as messengers for Inari, the deity for rice and wealth. The red votive bib called a yodarekake.
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68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto.