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Fushimi Inari-taisha



I did a quick sketch of this old lady praying at the main temple, but didn’t have the time to finish the temple.

ushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社?) is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, KyotoJapan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up.

Above is Wikipedia’s description of Ushimi Inari Taisha. So like all of you, I have seen the images of endless red gates in the middle of a forest via some bank commercials many times before, but until we arrived at the actual spot, I didn’t realize just how impressive the whole thing is. First of all, it will take 3 to 4 hours to walk the entire length of these gates, so prepare yourself. Second, Seeking good fortune in one’s career path is what led to so many red gates been erected around this particular temple. Apparently people discovered many years ago that this particular temple was very accurate when it comes to granting people wishes in their business ventures, let it be job promotion or a successful product launch. All who came to pray tend to have their wishes granted. Nothing motivate people more than money, soon people were coming to this place in horses, on foot, and now by trains and cars. 

Foxes are the temple’s mascot or the main super natural beings, apparently the legend has that people walked in on these fox spirits having a wedding few thousand years ago and have made them this temple’s Gods, so below are some of the sketches from the various stone foxes statues spread out around the campus.


Each fox has something different in their mouth, representing harvest, or good fortunes and such. they also have these red cloth wrapped around their chests.














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