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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #300 on: Jan 12 2019, 06:21 PM »
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Original Name: 梅若社
Transcript: Umewakasha
Translation: Young Plum Shrine
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The fifth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and yet another Shrine of the Line.

Many little foxies of sizes on through five stand watch over this one. At first, I count 22, but then I notice the tip of the ears of another foxie peeking through the viewport, making me wonder just how many more might be hidden inside.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #301 on: Jan 13 2019, 06:44 PM »
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Original Name: 正一位稲荷神社
Transcript: Shouichii Inari Jinja
Translation: Highest Ranking Inari Shrine
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The sixth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and yet another Shrine of the Line.

This one features the unexpected and unusual live feline guardian, watching carefully from atop the Shrine's roof, in addition to a pair of foxies.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #302 on: Jan 14 2019, 05:53 PM »
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Original Name: 王森大明神
Transcript: Oumori Oomyoujin
Translation: King Forest Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The seventh of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and yet another Shrine of the Line.

This one is actually a bit preposed inrelation to the other Shrines of the Line, but going from left to right, it is still clearly a part of them with its two little foxies.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #303 on: Jan 15 2019, 05:26 PM »
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Original Name: 重松大明神
Transcript: Shigematsu Oomyoujin
Translation: Heavy Pine Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The eight of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and yet another Shrine of the Line.

I think  it was at this point that I realized I might run out of time and/or camera battery if I took too many pictures of all of the many tiny Shrines around  here, so I kind of started to hurry and only took multiple pictures of the remaining foxy Side Shrines if I really felt they warranted it.

Anyway, there's only one little lonely fox at this particular Shrine, but hey,  a fox is still a fox.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #304 on: Jan 16 2019, 06:43 PM »
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Original Name: 大竹大明神, 大谷大明神, 白木大明神, 走賀大明神, 岩三大明神
Transcript: Ootake Oomyoujin, Ootani Oomyoujin, Shiroki Oomyoujin, Hashiga Oomyoujin, Iwami Oomyoujin
Translation: Big Bamboo Great Gracious Deity, Big Valley Great Gracious Deity, White Tree Great Gracious Deity, Running Joy Great Gracious Deity, Three Boulders Great Gracious Deit
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The ninth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and also the final Shrine of the Line.

This one is one of those Shrines that clearly services too many gods, and while most of the names make sense, I really don't know what to make of 走賀大明神 ("Hashiga Oomyoujin" = Running Joy Great Gracious Deity).
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #305 on: Jan 17 2019, 05:42 PM »
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Original Name: 中司謁郎稲荷大明神
Transcript: Takatsuka Etsurou Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: Central Office Audience Son Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The tenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja.

Following the Shrine of Too Many Names is the Shrine of Too Long a Name. This one is also the first Side Shrine standing outside of the initial line, with two foxes of respectable size standing next to the altar.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #306 on: Jan 19 2019, 12:42 AM »
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Original Name: 宇賀神社
Transcript: Uga Jinja
Translation: Harvest and Wealth Shrine
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The eleventh of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja.

Somewhat related to Inari Shrines, the Uga Shrines also frequently feature snakes or foxes as their guardians, and if it's only a little one like this one.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #307 on: Jan 19 2019, 05:45 PM »
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Original Name: 司中?天神
Transcript: Takatsuka ? Tenjin
Translation: Central Office ? Heavenly God
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The twelfth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja.

I have an interesting problem with the name of this Shrine: Even though I can clearly make out the third kanji as a compound of the radicals 子 to the left, 刀 to the top right and 示 to the top right, I can't find that Kanji (or even a Kanji that looks somewhat like it) in any online dictionary. If you figure out what this kanji is, please let me know.

Either way, there are still two foxes here hiding behind the glass windows - which are a rare sight at Shrines of any size.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #308 on: Jan 20 2019, 06:08 PM »
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Original Name: 石高大神, 高倉大神, 朝森大神
Transcript: Kokudaka Ookami, Takakura Ookami, Asamori Ookami
Translation: Stone High Great God, High Warehouse Great God, Morning Wood Great God
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The thirteenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja.

Once again a Shrine of many deities, and only a single lonely fox to run errands for them. I hope they don't run him ragged.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #309 on: Jan 21 2019, 05:31 PM »
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Original Name: 正一位末司稲荷大神
Transcript: Shouichii Matsushi Inari Ookami
Translation: Highest-Ranking End Office Inari Great Goddess
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The fourteenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and the first Side Shrine of the path, which has many little vulpine Side Shrines flanking it left and right as it leads to the biggest Side Shrine of Magatarou Inaka Jinja.

This one is flanked by what must be impressive size 10 fox guardians. Those are big enough that you need two hands to carry one.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #310 on: Jan 22 2019, 05:35 PM »
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Original Name: 正一位白砂大明神, 正一位三太夫大明神, 正一位薬力大明神, 正一位稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shouichii Hakusha Oomyoujin, Shouichii Mitayuu Oomyoujin, Shouichii Yakuryoku Oomyoujin, Shouichii Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: Highest-Ranking White Sand Great Gracious Deity, Highest-Ranking Three Stewards Great Gracious Deity, Highest-Ranking Medicine Strength Great Gracious Deity, Highest-Ranking Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The fifteenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and another Shrine of the Path.

This one features a creative way to get all its repetitive names written out with a minimum of Kanji. Three of the names are written on the outside plaque, and the Inari-Name fittingly is written on the inside plaque, together with the five little foxies.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #311 on: Jan 23 2019, 05:43 PM »
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Original Name: ?若大神, 荒津大神
Transcript: ? Ookami, Arazu Ookami
Translation: ? Great God, Wild Harbour Great God
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The sixteenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and another Shrine of the Path.

The stone plaque above the Shrine is already too badly worn to read, and in my haste I should overlook the fact that the names of the deities venerated here are only stitched on silk within. I  should only realize as much when looking at the pictures, and regrettably find out that I have cut off half of the first kanji of both names. By now I am familiar enough with both Shrine Names and Kanji that I'm reasonably sure that the first Kanji of the right name is 荒, but the left one is not so easy. While I can see that it's lower part is the radical "心", there are over a dozen different Kanji that fit that description, and none of them is particularly prominent on Shrines (unlike 荒, which I saw so often that I eventually learned it as my 371st Kanji, even though it is a Jōyō kanji normally only taught in middle school after the students have already learned over a thousand more "basic" kanji).

Either way, a pair of foxies has made its home in this little place, so go them!
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #312 on: Jan 24 2019, 05:30 PM »
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Original Name: 正一位三沛大稲荷大明神++
Transcript: Shouichii Sanhai Inari Oomyoujin++
Translation: Highest-Ranking Three Marshes Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The seventeenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and another Shrine of the Path.

This one is an excellent example of how the already confusing Japanese Kanji can be made even harder to read: First, instead of clear, definite strokes, you use a flowing script that makes it all but impossible to tell where one stroke ends and another begins, and what is a real stroke and what just a connector, and then you put it behind glass that reflects like Dragon once the sun is standing at a certain angle behind you. As such, I am only able to figure out the middle of the three names, although I can tell that all three of them end with 稲荷大明神.

Either way, a combination of golden and white foxes resides within, behind the ever-so-rarely-seen glass. So far, I have only seen glass in use at Shrines here at the Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #313 on: Jan 25 2019, 05:35 PM »
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Original Name: 正一位最上稲荷大明神++
Transcript: Shouichii Saijou Inari Oomyoujn++
Translation: Highest-Ranking Best Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The eighteenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and another Shrine of the Path.

This one is clearly going overboard with the superlatives, but at least it backs up its lofty claim with a size-10 fox guardian that is so big that it can't possibly fit inside the Tiny shrine. Also, I guess from here on out, if anyone asks me what the Best Inari Shrine in Japan is, the objectively true answer would be this one.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #314 on: Jan 27 2019, 07:20 AM »
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Original Name: 掛稲荷
Transcript: Kai Inari
Translation: Dependent Inari
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The nineteenth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, and another Shrine of the Path.

A very minimalistic Shrine with a very minimalistic name, but a pair of foxies watch over it anyway.
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