The Travelling Fox in Japan, A pilgrimage of sorts  (Read 38436 times)

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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #255 on: Nov 28 2018, 03:48 PM »
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Original Name: 奥ノ院
Transcript: Okunoin
Translation: Inner Sanctuary
Location: 〒813-0043 Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Higashi-ku, Najima, 1 Chome−26
Visited on: 4-Oct-2018



Another Side Shrine of Najima Jinja, which I somehow failed to notice during my first visit.

As a result, this should become my birthday Shrine. Having read something about something supposedly happening at the Najima Jinja Inari Jinja on 4-Oct, I decide to check it out and pay it a visit, especially since it's not too far away from my home in Fukuoka by Bike. It turns out nothing is happening here after all (or maybe I missed it), but in compensation, I find this little extra Shrine as I venture in a little further (during my first visit I didn't have a lot of time to explore since it was already getting late, and I mistook the entrance Torii to Okunoin as an exit Torii of Inari Jinja, suspecting a path would lead down the Shrine mound on the other side).

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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #256 on: Nov 29 2018, 05:01 PM »
Bonus Shrine: Rat#1



Original Name: 大国神社
Transcript: Ookuni Jinja
Translation: Big Country Shrine
Location: 4 Chome-2-38 Saifu, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka-ken 818-0117
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



A ratty old Shrine I should find during a daytrip to Dazaifu (太宰府 "Big Rule Office") with my host.

This one is sacred to Daikokuten (大黒天 "Great Black Sky") one of the Shichifukushin (七福神 "Seven Lucky Gods"), the guardian god of craftsmen and commercial success. Interestingly, he is petting a rat that is rather big in relation to him. It seems friendly though.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #257 on: Nov 30 2018, 05:16 PM »
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Original Name: 朝近稲荷神社
Transcript: Asachika Inari Jinja
Translation: Close Morning Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-1612 Sanjō, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka-ken 818-0111
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



The first vulpine Shine I should find during above mentioned day trip to Dazaifu.

This one is located on top of a forested hill, with a row of Torii showing the way. It's only two little altars, but one of them is attended by a little golden fox. I can't remember if I've ever seen a golden fox like this before at a Shrine, so this might be the first instance of such.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #258 on: Dec 01 2018, 05:02 PM »
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Original Name: 天開稲荷社
Transcript: Tenkai Inarisha
Translation: Open Heavens Inari Shrine
Location: 〒818-0117 Fukuoka-ken, Dazaifu-shi, Saifu, 4 Chome, 宰府4丁目7−43
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



A regionally famous Inari Shrine located on a hill overlooking Dazaifu. Since today is Taiiku-no Hi (体育の日 "Health and Sports Day"), there are quite a lot of people around.

Interestingly, the two foxes watching over this Shrine are not located near the front Torii, but next to a side Torii, and I should only come across them by chance upon returning from the following Side Shrine via a scenic route that of all the people present here today I alone seem to choose.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #259 on: Dec 02 2018, 05:26 PM »
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Original Name: 天開稲荷大明神
Transcript: Tenkai Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: Open Heavens Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 〒818-0117 Fukuoka-ken, Dazaifu-shi, Saifu, 4 Chome, 宰府4丁目7−43
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



A Side Shrine at the back of Tenkai Inarisha.

This one features a little cave with lots of foxes inside. It reminds me a little bit of Amamori Inari Jinja back in Tokyo (#48 GOLDEN).
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #260 on: Dec 03 2018, 05:24 PM »
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Original Name: 石穴神社
Transcript: Ishiana Jinja
Translation: Stone Cave Shrine
Location: 〒818-0118 Fukuoka-ken, Dazaifu-shi, Ishizaka, 2 Chome−13
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



Crossing a little town valley to the south of the Kyushu National Museum, I arrive at this little Shrine which - while not an Inari Shrine - still features a number of foxes and vulpine Side Shrines.

It may not be enough to make it a Golden Fox Shrine, but maybe we can call it a Bronze Fox Shrine instead. =^,^=
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #261 on: Dec 04 2018, 02:28 PM »
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Original Name: 清水神社
Transcript: Shimizu Jinja
Translation: Spring Water Shrine
Location: 〒818-0118 Fukuoka-ken, Dazaifu-shi, Ishizaka, 2 Chome−13
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



A Side Shrine of Ishiana Jinja, that is also attended by a total of five foxes despite not being an Inari Shrine.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #262 on: Dec 05 2018, 04:43 PM »
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Original Name: 桃若稲荷大神
Transcript: Momowaka Inari Jinja
Translation: Young Peach Inari Shrine
Location: 〒818-0118 Fukuoka-ken, Dazaifu-shi, Ishizaka, 2 Chome−13
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



Another Side Shrine of Ishiana Jinja, this one being located further up the mountain, next to the eponymous caves of the main Shrine.

This one is notably also an official Inari Shrine once again, and some of the foxes watching it look quite old and battered already, while others just seem to beg for gifts and donations, having even brought their own little baskets.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #263 on: Dec 06 2018, 05:03 PM »
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Original Name: 石高稲荷神社
Transcript: Kokukou Inari Jinja
Translation: Crop Yield Inari Shrine
Location: 〒818-0118 Fukuoka-ken, Dazaifu-shi, Ishizaka, 2 Chome−13
Visited on: 8-Oct-2018



The final vulpine Side Shrine of Ishiana Jinja, and with it the last fox Shrine I should find in Dazaifu and today.

Interestingly, the fox  guardians of this Shrine are supported by a pair of Komainu. Or, is it already Shii-Saa?
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #264 on: Dec 08 2018, 03:52 AM »
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Original Name: 稲荷大神
Transcript: Inari Ookami
Translation: Inari Great Goddess
Location: 882 Kubara, Hisayama-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka-ken 811-2501
Visited on: 14-Oct-2018



The first vulpine Shrine I should find on my great eastern bike tour through the suburbs of Fukuoka. As such, these, too, should not fall within the official city boundaries of Fukuoka, despite me having visited them during my stay there. This particular one is located in the town of Hisayama (久山 "Old Story Mountain").

This one is located in one of the most unlikely places I've ever found a Shrine: In the parking lot of a Garden Shopping Centre.  I actually went around the whole block once before  I even got the idea that it might be inside. I wonder if that means it's for sale? =^,~'=
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #265 on: Dec 09 2018, 06:25 AM »
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Original Name: 紅姫稲荷神社
Transcript: Akahime Inari Jinja
Translation: Red Princess Inari Shrine
Location: 33.620814, 130.525321
Visited on: 14-Oct-2018



A vulpine Shrine up a hillside in Sasaguri (篠栗 "Bamboo Grass Chestnut"), right next to Renshouji (蓮照寺 "Shining Lotus Temple")

Getting up here is quite the climb, but I am rewarded with a pair of foxes at the top.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #266 on: Dec 09 2018, 06:30 PM »
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Original Name:稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 〒811-2413 Fukuoka-ken, Kasuya-gun, Sasaguri-machi, Onaka, 福岡県糟屋郡篠栗町大字尾仲321
Visited on: 14-Oct-2018



Another vulpine Shrine up a hillside in Sasaguri (篠栗 "Bamboo Grass Chestnut"), this one being a Side Shrine to Oimatsu Jinja (老松神社 "Old Pine Shrine").

At first, I don't see any foxes around here, but a very close look reveals a  pair of them cleverly hiding behind the bushels of laurel leaves.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #267 on: Dec 10 2018, 08:59 PM »
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Original Name: 楠森稲荷神社
Transcript: Kusumori Inari Jinja
Translation: Camphor Tree Forest Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-1-1番1号 Umi, Umi-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka-ken 811-2101
Visited on: 14-Oct-2018



The final vulpine Shrine I should find during my ride today, and a Side Shrine of the considerably larger Umi Hachimangu (宇美八幡宮  "Beautiful Heaven Hachiman Shrine").

This one is located at the southernmost turning point in Umi (宇美 "Beautiful Heaven"). In fact, the town of Dazaifu, where I was just a few day  before, is only about 6km away across the mountain to the south.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #268 on: Dec 11 2018, 05:16 PM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 天神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Ten Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Heaven Shrine)
Location: 33.670804, 130.292903
Visited on: 16-Oct-2018



The first vulpine Shrine I should find on my ride to Shikashima (志賀島 "Aspiring Joy Island"), which lies to the west of Fukuoka in Hakata-Wan (博多湾 "much esteemed gulf"). I am able to reach it by bike by curtsey of it being tethered to the mainland by means of a causeway.

Ten Jinja is a  bit up the mountain on one of the small villages on the southwestern coast of the island, at the end of an overgrown path, yet my diligence is rewarded with this tiny Side Shrine housing a pair of little foxies.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #269 on: Dec 13 2018, 03:40 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Private Shrine)
Transcript: ? (Private Shrine)
Translation: ? (Private Shrine)
Location: 〒811-0324 Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Higashi-ku, Hiro, 1300-1
Visited on: 16-Oct-2018



Only a short distance away from Ten Jinja, I spot this little vulpine Shrine in the back garden of one of the nearby houses. I can't get all  that close, but a fox Shrine is a fox Shrine.

Incidentally this one should turn out to be the westernmost vulpine Shrine I'd visit in all of Japan. Although I should end up going further to the west... but more about that later.
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