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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #615 on: Nov 30 2019, 01:38 AM »
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Original Name: 東宮守稲荷神社
Transcript: Toukanmori Inari Jinja
Translation: East Hall Protector Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-5-18 Haginaka, 大田区 Ota City, Tokyo 144-0047
Visited on: 2-Feb-2019



A Side Shrine of Haginaka Jinja (萩中神社 "Shrine in the Midst of Bush Clovers"). As usual, the row of red Torii anounce an Inari Shrine, and there's a pair of foxes with a kit watching over it, caged, as so often seen in Tokyo. This time around, the left one is the female again, as usual.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #616 on: Dec 01 2019, 01:13 AM »
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Original Name: 三徳稲荷神社
Transcript: Santoku Inari Jinja
Translation: Three Virtues Inari Shrine
Location: 〒144-0034 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Nishikōjiya, 3 Chome−29−2
Visited on: 2-Feb-2019



This one is special. I run into it just at the close of a Matsuri, and as such, there are lots of people and kids around. At first I am a bit heistant to enter, but since I've just recently managed to copycat the phrase for "is it okay to go in?" ("Haite mo ii desu ka?"), I take a heart, and somehow end up becoem a part of the Matsuri.

In then end, my fascination for the foxes here and the fact that I know how to properly pray at a Shinto Shrine (plus quite possibly the three tails I'm wearing) wins the people over so much that they even insist on giving me a gift bag full of sweets that is normally only meant for the kids.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #617 on: Dec 02 2019, 12:07 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 浜竹神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Hamatake Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Beach Bamboo Shrine)
Location: 3-19-18 Nishikōjiya, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0034 (35.554761, 139.738115)
Visited on: 2-Feb-2019



And finally, the 600th Fox Shrine I should find during my year in Japan. Altogether, that almost makes it two Fox Shrines a day, on trip where I spent at least half my time working. I am truly impressed by how much vulpinity this land has to offer.

This one is jsut a little nameless Side Shrine, and it is also the last new Fox Shrine I should find in Tokyo. Two caged foxes sit without, and the two little foxies within have a very plentiful banquet made of apples, oranges, mocchi, root vegetables and sea weed to choose from.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #618 on: Dec 04 2019, 12:34 AM »
RE: #48 GOLDEN



Original Name: 穴守稲荷神社
Transcript: Anamori Inari Jinja
Translation: Cave Guard Inari Shrine
Location: 〒144-0043 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Haneda, 五丁目2番7号
First visited on: 1-Apr-2018
Last visited on: 2-Feb-2019



I wonder how many people realized that visiting this, my very first Golden Fox Shrine, one least time again, was the main goal of my big stray today. Ten months after first visiting it, I come to say my goodbyes at this most special of Shrines.

Now, there's one thing that you need to know about Shinto, and that is that it's all about renewal and restoration. As such, it should not come as a surprise that I would occasionally encoutner Shrines that are currently being rebuilt.

It should however come as a surprise to me that of all the Shrines, it would be this one. Pretty much the entire Shrine is a construction site, most of the little fox Shrines have been bundled into a building, and most foxes and Torii put into a pile, or hanged up on a rack.



And yet, I suppose that change is a good thing, and I guess that jsut means that I have to come back someday to go and see what the new Anamori Inari Jinja looks like.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #619 on: Dec 04 2019, 11:48 PM »
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Original Name: 義田稲荷神社
Transcript: Yoshida Inari Jinja
Translation: Righteous Field Inari Shrine
Location: 〒210-0828 Kanagawa-ken, Kawasaki-shi, Kawasaki-ku, Yotsuyakamichō, 23, 川崎区四谷上町23−20
Visited on: 2-Feb-2019



By now, it's starting to get late, the sun already setting. I've now crossed back into Kawasaki, and am visiting the last Inari Shrines for today.

Even here in Kawasaki, the foxes are still caged. But then again, this does still count as the Radiant Metropolis, all the way to Komayama (高麗山 "Tall Beautiful Mountain"), which is yet another 45 km to the southwest.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #620 on: Dec 07 2019, 01:25 AM »
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Original Name: 汐留稲荷神社
Transcript: Shiodome Inari Jinja
Translation: Tide Stop Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-24-21 Ikegamishincho, Kawasaki Ward, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 210-0832, Japan
Visited on: 2-Feb-2019



The final Fox Shrine of the final stray. By now it's already dark, and the sky glow of the radiant metropolis - resplendent though it my be - is scarcely enough to illuminate the ground below.

Based on the name of this Shrine, I reckon this is where the shore line was before land reclamation began.

Two foxes stalwartly watch over this Shrine from their cages, and I say my goodbyes to the Lady Inari right there and then, certain that this would be the final fox Shrine I should visit during my time in Japan.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #621 on: Dec 08 2019, 01:16 AM »
And thus, my travels in Japan come to an end. I have visited a total of 2499 Shrines and Temples, and...

...wait, 2499?????

Bonus Round: For Achive!

#603



Original Name: 大島稲荷大神
Transcript: Ooshima Inari Ookami
Translation: Big Island Inari Great Deity
Location: 3 Chome-4-8 Ōshima, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 210-0834
Visited on: 3-Feb-2019



After being just one Shrine short of the psychologically important 2500 mark, I should go on yet another little stray to find at least one more Shrine, and in the course of that stray, I also come cross one mroe fox Shrine. This one would truly be the last one, however.

This foxy Shrine is a Side Shrine of Ooshima Hachiman Jinja (大島八幡神社 "Big Island Hachiman Shrine"), and features a total of ten foxies within and without. In addition, there are Baku and Komainu carved into the little inner Shrine itself. This time, I say my goodbyes for good, and then, my journey continues.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #622 on: Dec 10 2019, 02:22 AM »
And thus, my travels in Japan come to an end. Altogether, I've visited 603 fox Shrines and Temples, not all of which were Inari Shrines, as well as two fox places with real live foxes, and one occasion where I could actively cuddle a fox kit. That jsut made my life.

And now, it's time for some statistics!

Of the 603 fox Shrines and Temples I visited...

...593 were Shinto Shrines (98.3%)
...10 were Buddhist Temples (1.6%)

...387 werde dedicated to Inari (64.1%)
...32 were dedicated to unidentifyable deities (5.3%)
...15 were dedicated to Dragons (2.5%)
...10 were dedicated to Princesses (1.6%)
...10 were dedicated to Flowers (1.6%)
...10 were dedicated to Trees (1.6%)
...8 were dedicated to Rocks (1.3%)
...8 were dedicated to Luck (1.3%)
...7 were dedicated to Forests (1.1%)
...6 were dedicated to Buddhism in general (1.0%)
...6 were dedicated to Mountains (1.0%)
...6 were dedicated to Swords (1.0%)
...5 were dedicated to Jewels (0.8%)
...5 were dedicated to Foxes (0.8%)
...4 were dedicated to Fields (0.7%)
...4 were dedicated to Light (0.7%)
...4 were dedicated to Gold (0.7%)
...3 were dedicated to Benzaiten, deity of Music, Knowledge and all that Flows (0.5%)
...3 were dedicated to Konpira, deity of Merachant Sailors (0.5%)
...3 were dedicated to Uga, deity of Harvest (0.5%)
...3 were dedicated to the season of Spring (0.5%)
...3 were dedicated to Waterfalls (0.5%)
...3 were dedicated to Heaven (0.5%)
...3 were dedicated to Bears (0.5%)
...2 were dedicated to Three [somethings] (0.3%)
...2 were dedicated to the Kumano Shrine (0.3%)
...2 were dedicated to Spirits in general (0.3%)
...2 were dedicated to the Moon (0.3%)
...2 were dedicated to Suehiro (0.3%)
...2 were dedicated to Water (0.3%)
...2 were dedicated to Rivers (0.3%)
...2 were dedicated to Cities (0.3%)
...1 was dedicated to Five [unspecified deities] (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to the entire Pantheon (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to the color Purple (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to the Ise Shrine (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to a Storehouse (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to the Wheel (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to the Mouth (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to an Island (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Medicine (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Bamboo (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to a Prince (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to the Sun (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Tanukis (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Beards (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Insight (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Waves (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Turtles (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Circles (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to a Well (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to a Man (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Travel (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Plums (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to a Son (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Sleep (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to a Hall (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Ships (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Ports (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Wind (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Sand (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Beds (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Bells (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Rats (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Hills (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Hair (0.2%)
...1 was dedicated to Fire (0.2%)



...178 were located in Kyoto (29.6%)
...163 were located in Tokyo (27.0%)
...48 were located in Fukuoka (7.9%)
...21 were located in Onomichi (3.4%)
...21 were located in Matsue (3.4%)
...15 were located in Nagahama (2.4%)
...11 were located in Toyokawa (1.8%)
...11 were located in Toyokawa (1.8%)
...10 were located in Okayama (1.6%)
...10 were located in Morioka (1.6%)
...10 were located in Nagano (1.6%)
...7 were located in Dazaifu (1.2%)
...7 were located in Yonago (1.2%)
...7 were located in Nikko (1.2%)
...7 were located in Nara (1.2%)
...6 were located in Ishinomaki (1%)
...6 were located in Numazu (1%)
...4 were located in Kagoshima (0.6%)
...3 were located in Tadanoumi (0.5%)
...3 were located in Nagaizumi (0.5%)
...3 were located in Toyohashi (0.5%)
...3 were located in Sapporo (0.5%)
...3 were located in Yodoe (0.5%)
...3 were located in Inari (0.5%)
...3 were located in Fuji (0.5%)
...2 were located on Shikanoshima (0.3%)
...2 were located in Matsuyama (0.3%)
...2 were located in Asahikawa (0.3%)
...2 were located in Yudanaka (0.3%)
...2 were located in Sasaguri(0.3%)
...2 were located in Susono (0.3%)
...2 were located in Masaki (0.3%)
...2 were located in Iya (0.3%)
...1 was located in Iyo-Nagahama (0.2%)
...1 was located in Yawatahama (0.2%)
...1 was located on Tashirojima (0.2%)
...1 was located in Wakkanai (0.2%)
...1 was located in Hisayama (0.2%)
...1 was located in Takahata (0.2%)
...1 was located in Utabetsu (0.2%)
...1 was located in Naoetsu (0.2%)
...1 was located in Shiroishi (0.2%)
...1 was located in Akaecho (0.2%)
...1 was located in Urahoro (0.2%)
...1 was located in Chitose (0.2%)
...1 was located in Niigata (0.2%)
...1 was located in Daisen (0.2%)
...1 was located in Shingu (0.2%)
...1 was located in Nanao (0.2%)
...1 was located in Yasugi (0.2%)
...1 was located in Miyaji (0.2%)
...1 was located in Miyaji (0.2%)
...1 was located in Usuki (0.2%)
...1 was located in Saiki (0.2%)
...1 was located in Umi (0.2%)

...375 were Side Shrines (62.2%) (Subordinate Shrines of bigger Shrines, usually Tiny or Small, but can also be Medium in the Case of Shrine Complexes)
...82 were Tiny (13.6%) (Too small to enter)
...70 were Small (11.6%) (Shack-Sized)
...62 were Medium (10.3%) (House-Sized)
...10 were Big (1.7%) (Mansion-Sized)
...2 were Complexes (0.3%) (Fushimi Inari and Toyokawa Inari)
...2 were Jizous (0.3%)
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #623 on: Today at 09:30 AM »
EXTRA: #604



Original Name: 穴守稲荷大神, 伏見稲荷大神, 豊川稲荷大
Transcript: Anamori Inari Ookami, Fushimi Inari Ookami, Toyokawa Inari Ookami
Translation: Cave Protector Inari Great Goddess, Prostrated Hopes Inari Great Goddess, Bountiful River Inari Great Goddess
Location: Hitlstraße 3, 80997 Munich, Germany
Erected on: 29-Mar-2019



Of all the Shrines, this would be the most meaningful Shrine to me, because this is the Inari Shrine I built in my own home after returning from Japan.

Made from all Japanese materials, and incoroporating the blessings of three major Inari Shrines, my house is truly blessed now. But let me tell you, it was difficult to put together the little paper model of Fushimi Inari Taisha. Some of the smaller pieces were only about 1mm² in size.

Anyway, now it sits in my living room, and I often go to pray there. Eleven fox statues, two paper cutouts, one on the big paper Ofuda, and four on the lanterns guard it, for a total of 18 foxes, 9 male, and 9 female. The two big dolls, by the way, were souvenirs that my late grandmother brought from Japan. She died before she was born, so her experiences in the land of the rising sun are forever a mistery.

But who knows? Maybe she brought home a little fox spirit who was yet to be born. =^,^=
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