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Title: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 19 2018, 04:06 AM
Hi there everyone,

it has been some time, and I don't know how many people are still around here, and if any of them will remember me but...

I think this deserves to go on here.

Anyway, I've finally made my way to Japan, and am making a point of visiting as many Inari Shrines as possible. Big, small, it doesn't matter.

I'll present the shrines I found in this thread, one at a time. I wonder how many it'll be in the end.  :)
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 19 2018, 04:35 AM
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Original Name: 黒船稲荷神社
Transcript: Kurofune Inari Jinja
Translation: Black Ships Inari Shrine

Location: 〒135-0046 Tōkyō-to, Kōtō-ku, 江東区Botan, 1 Chome−1−12−9
Visited on: 10-Feb-2018

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Nested between two houses in a backroad, there is this modest shrine. Two little foxes guard the altar, which has offerings of Aburaake, the favourite food of foxes, and sake arranged on top of it.

The first Inari shrine I ever visited in my life, and entirely by accident too. I was originally looking for geocaches, when one of them led me to this little shrine hidden in a backroad. I would have never found it otherwise, and I'm so happy that I did. :)
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 20 2018, 02:45 AM
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Original Name: 威徳稲荷大明神
Transcript: Itoku Inari Daimyoujin
Translation: Virtue and Authority of the Great Gracious Deity Inari

Visited on: 13-Feb-2018
Location: 〒160-0022 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, 5 Chome−17−2 〒160-0022

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A little side shrine next to a large Hachiman shrine. It is not uncommon for large shrines to have side shrines to Inari, as I have observed.

This one is amazing! There's tons of little fox statues all around, making it feel as a shrine to foxes as a whole. Even a month later, I didn't find a shrine this vulpine anywhere in Tokyo.

I actually made a video of my visit to this amazingly foxy shrine. Here it is:
http://www.tri-tail.com/TravellingFoxBlog/Videos/03-02-210_SeitokuinariShrine.mp4
(Does anyone know how to embed this video in the post?)
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 21 2018, 06:23 AM
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Original Name: 三崎稲荷神社
Transcript: Misaki Inari Jinja
Translation: Three Capes Inari Shrine

Visited on: 13-Feb-2018
Location: 2 Chome-9-12 Misakicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0061

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A shrine next to the language school I visited. I didn't realize it was an Inari Shrine at first, but then I noticed the little fox statues watching over the inner altar in the sanctuary.

I apologize for the blurry image quality, but you can still make out the little foxes in the middle. If my way ever leads me near that particular shrine again, I'll make sure to take a better picture.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 21 2018, 09:03 PM
#4

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Original Name: 船光稲荷神社
Transcript: Funeko Inari Jinja
Translation: Ship Beacon Inari Shrine

Location: 3 Chome Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo
Visited on: 14-Feb-2018

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A shrine I found on the way to a job interview. I prayed there for success.

Hidden in the backroads of Minamiaoyama (South Blue Mountain), this shrine doesn't have a proper address, and yet it's still kept in good shape and frequented by the locals. The red flag at the shrine entrance is a common sight to make the presence of smaller, hidden shrines known to people passing through the area.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 23 2018, 04:55 AM
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Original Name: 大松稲荷神社
Transcript: Omatsu Inari Jinja
Translation: Great Pine Inari Shrine

Location: 5 Chome-1-7 Minamiaoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062
Visited on: 14-Feb-2018

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A shrine at a the corner of a relatively busy road, right next to the Omote-Sando station. Hidden in the back roads, there's also the "Cafe Kitsune" and a boutique by the name of "Maison Kitsune". Regrettably, neither of them have anything fox related.

A pair of grim guardian foxes stand watch over this shrine to ward off evil spirits, one holding a scroll of teachings, and the other a 星の玉 (Hoshi no Tama, "Star Orb") in their fangs.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 24 2018, 04:26 AM
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Original Name: 繁榮稲荷神社
Transcript: Hanei Inari Jinja
Translation: Overgrown Splendour Inari Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-18 Kiba, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0042
Visited on: 17-Feb-2018

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A shrine at the corner of a backroad, near a channel covered by the Tokyo Expressway.

The Kanji beneath the left guardian fox here reads "offering" (献). The one on the right being an old writing of 奉, meaning "offer, observance, present, dedication".
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Samui on Mar 25 2018, 12:04 AM
Nice pics. Making me quite jealous, actually. Visiting a shrine is something I've always wanted to do.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 25 2018, 02:36 AM
Nice pics. Making me quite jealous, actually. Visiting a shrine is something I've always wanted to do.

I'm glad you like it. I figured if I was going to make a point out of visiting as many Inari shrines as possible, I might as well document and share it. And where would that be, if not here?  :)

But really, if you want to, make it happen! If visiting an Inari Shrine is your goal, even just a week or two in Tokyo would be enough. If you cook for yourself and are content with staying in hostels, Tokyo is surprisingly cheap. I'm currently getting by on about 30$ per day, all inclusive. Plus the vast majority of signs and machine have an English option, so you don't even need to be able to speak Japanese.

Anywhere, here's for foxes everywhere!



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Original Name: 出世稲荷神社
Transcript: Shusse Inari Jinja
Translation: Success-In-Life Inari Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-26-7 Eitai, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0034
Visited on: 17-Feb-2018

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A little shrine crammed between two houses in the backroads of the Eitai (永代 "Permanence") neighborhood.

The foxes outside are encaged to protect them from vandalism... I guess?. Also, there's four more little foxes inside the shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 26 2018, 04:03 AM
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Original Name: 高尾稲荷神社
Transcript: Takao Inari Jinja
Translation: Tall Slope Inari Shrine

Location: 〒103-0015 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashihakozakichō, 10−7, 103 0015
Visited on: 17-Feb-2018

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A little shrine that seems to be part of the house behind it. I wonder if the owners of this house are also the caretakers of this shrine?

Four little foxies watch over this shrine, cleverly concealed by fragrant foliage.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 27 2018, 04:29 AM
#9

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Original Name: 両社稲荷神社
Transcript: Ryosha Inari Jinja
Translation: Both Companies Inari Shrine

Location: 4 Chome-4 Nihonbashihoncho, Chūō, Tokyo 103-0023
Visited on: 24-Feb-2018

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A shrine in the backroads of Chuo, located between two high-rise office buildings. Judging from the name of the shrine, I assume these two companies sponsored the shrine.

This should be the first of a trio of Inari shrines that were excessively close together in this neighbourhood.  A good place for foxes I presume. These foxies certainly don'T seem to lack for drink. ^_^
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 28 2018, 04:29 AM
#10

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Original Name: 豊川稲荷神社
Transcript: Toyokawa Inari Jinja
Translation: Bountiful River Inari Shrine

Location: 1 Chome-8 Kajichō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0044
Visited on: 24-Feb-2018

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The second of a trio of Inari shrines that were excessively close together in this neighbourhood. The red bibs are a common sight with fox statues, and are given to them by the locals as a sign of respect.

Actually, I came across this one while a caretaker was doing maintenance on the shrine. We got talking, and after I was somehow able to communicate my interest in Shinto, Inari and Foxes to him, he even opened the shrine doors for me to allow me to take a picture of the inside. Yay!
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 29 2018, 04:06 AM
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Original Name: 家内喜稲荷神社
Transcript: Kanaika Inari Jinja
Translation: Wife's Delight Inari Shrine

Location: 4 Chome-2 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 103-0022
Visited on: 24-Feb-2018

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The last of a trio of Inari shrines that were excessively close together in this neighbourhood. These three shrines are actually located on opposing sides of the border of the Chuo- and Chiyoda districts, which explains why they have quite different addresses despite being so close to one another.

This shrine is flanked by tall residential blocks on three sides, sitting in an alcove of urban cliffs. I wonder how it got its name.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 30 2018, 05:48 AM
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Original Name: 御宿稲荷神社
Transcript: Onjuku Inari Jinja
Translation: Honourable Dwelling Inari Shrine

Location: 1 Chome Uchikanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Visited on: 24-Feb-2018

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The final Inari shrine I should find on my stray on 24-Feb-2018.

Hidden in a road just parallel to a major road near one of the bigger channels, I especially like the nursing little fox kit beneath the female fox.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Mar 31 2018, 01:06 AM
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Original Name: 東陽繁出世稲荷神社
Transcript: Toyoshigeshusse Inaka Jinja
Translation: Eastern Sunshine Luxuriant Success-In-Life Inari Shrine

Location: 3 Chome-9-10 Tōyō, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0016
Visited on: 25-Feb-2018

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I came across this shrine on my way back from doing laundry at a local coin laundry. I was actually looking for this one on the day before too, but couldn't find it.

"Inaka" is actually just another transcription for 稲荷, meaning the same as "Inari". The Kanji 納 below the left fox can be read as "settlement", "reap", "pay" or "store", while the Kanji 奉 below the left fox means as much as "offer", "present" or "dedication".
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 01 2018, 08:20 AM
#14

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Original Name: 伏見三寳稲荷神社
Transcript: Fushimi Sanpou Inari Jinja
Translation: Prostrated Chance Three Jewels Inari Shrine

Location: 3 Chome-1 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0014
Visited on: 2-Mar-2018

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After a break of almost a week, I finally found some time to stray, and with it this shrine in the heart of the Shiba district.

This one was actually just undergoing renovations, so the pair of slender foxes already had quite some company. It's good to see the Shrines being actively maintained like this
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 02 2018, 05:55 AM
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Original Name: 桐生稲荷神社
Transcript: Kiryu Inari Jinja
Translation: Paulownia Life Inari Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-3-7 Fujimi, 千代田区 Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0071
Visited on: 14-Mar-2018

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Once again I was quite busy with my studies, so it has been over a week since I visited a shrine with foxes. I found this shrine during a stray which I allowed myself to take after a Kanji Test. I passed the test, but just barely. Now I am officially recognized to know about 120 Kanji, which is about 2nd grade elementary school level.

Anyway, this little Shrine in the back roads of Chiyoda had quite an impressive number of offerings such as sake, Inari-Sushi, Aburaage, and milk. Looks  like the foxes are not going to go hungry or thirsty tonight.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 03 2018, 07:57 AM
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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine

Location: 5 Tsukudochō, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 162-0821
Visited on: 14-Mar-2018

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This cute little Inari Shrine sitting by the side of a major roadway is as of yet unnamed. Maybe it was just recently established?

Normally, a shrine has its name written on a plaque on the short central vertical beam on the Torii, but this shrine is missing even that. Nonetheless, there are still two foxes standing guard, and guessing from their bibs and the offerings of sake at the shrine, it's safe to assume that even this unnamed shrine receives patronage.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 04 2018, 03:31 AM
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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine

Location: 35 Yokoteramachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 162-0831
Visited on: 14-Mar-2018

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Another unnamed Inari Shrine, found during the same stray as the last one, but this time, in the northern outskirts of Shinjuku.

This one is actually a side shrine located on the premises of Ryumonji (竜門寺 "Dragon Gate Temple"), a Buddhist Temple. I was actually looking for #32 Inari Yashiro, but that one should turn out to be even smaller and better hidden, so it would not be until 27-Mar-2018 that I'd eventually find that one.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 05 2018, 03:29 AM
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Original Name: 赤城出世稲荷神社
Transcript: Akagi Shusse Inari Jinja
Translation: Red Castle Success-In-Life Inari Shrine

Location: 4 Akagi Motomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 162-0817
Visited on: 14-Mar-2018

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The last Inari Shrine I should find on this day, and a side Shrine of the much larger Akagi Temple worshipping Hachiman.

Many bigger Shrines actually have one or more smaller Inari side Shrines somewhere on their grounds. This would not be the last one I should find.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 06 2018, 04:15 AM
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Original Name: アクアシティお台場神社
Transcript: Akuashiti Odaiba Inari Jinja
Translation: Aqua City Fort Inari Shrine

Location: 1丁目-7, 1 Chome-7 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0091
Visited on: 18-Mar-2018

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The first Inari Shrine I should find on my stray on 18-Mar-2018. This one should take me some time to find. But then again, who would expect there to be an Inari Shrine on the roof of a shopping centre?

Well considering that Inari is the goddess of prosperity, I guess it sort of makes sense. Nonetheless, this should be one of the  more peculiar Inari Shrines I would find on my journey. By the way, Odaiba is the name of one of the more recent artificial island districts in the bay of Tokyo. It is named that way (Daiba meaning "Fort") after what used to be an isolated island fort. You can still see its square structure on the map. Meanwhile, "Aqua City" is the name of said shopping centre.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 07 2018, 02:49 AM
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Original Name: 豊川稲荷神社
Transcript: Toyokawa Inari Jinja
Translation: Bountiful River Inari Shrine

Location: 4 Chome-12 Mita, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-0073
Visited on: 18-Mar-2018

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This little shrine is located at the end of a driveway. I almost feel like I'm trespassing here, even though it is still public ground.

Some of the foxes here have obviously seen quite a number of years and are showing clear signs of fatigue. Nonetheless they continue to stand watch over this shrine. Their dedication is admirable.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 07 2018, 11:23 PM
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Original Name: 末社赤羽稲荷
Transcript: Massha Akahane Inari
Translation: Side Shrine Red Wings Inari

Location: 2 Chome-13-9 Mita, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-0073
Visited on: 18-Mar-2018

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One of two little Inari side Shrines at the larger Mita Kasuga Jinja (三田春日神社 "Three Fields Spring Day Shrine"), which sits atop an impressive flight of stairs.

At first glance I count four foxes here, but then I happen to find a fifth crouching in the greenery nearby.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 09 2018, 03:03 AM
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Original Name: 末社福徳稲荷
Transcript: Massha Fukutoku Inari
Translation: Side Shrine Happiness and Prosperity Inari

Location: 2 Chome-13-9 Mita, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-0073
Visited on: 18-Mar-2018

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The second two little Inari side Shrines at the larger Mita Kasuga Jinja.

This one features only two little foxes, but that doesn'T change anything about the fact that they're outright adorable.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 10 2018, 04:17 AM
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Original Name: 幸久稲荷神社
Transcript: Yukihisa Inari Jinja
Translation: Long Time Blessing Inari Shrine

Location: 4 Chome-6-20 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0014
Visited on: 18-Mar-2018

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A nondescript little shrine I came across in a back road of the Minato ward.

At first, I didn't see any foxes, but then I peered inside through the little windows and found a pair of them shyly hiding away inside.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 11 2018, 04:35 AM
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Original Name: 正一位水守稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shouichii Mizumori Inari Daimyoujin
Translation: Highest Shrine Water Protector Inari Great Gracious Goddess

Location: 〒105-0014, 4 Chome-4-10 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0014
Visited on: 18-Mar-2018

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This little Shrine with a big name is well hidden beneath an office building, and I had to take a full circuit around the block to locate it. On second thought, the red flags should have been a dead giveaway.

Once again, two while little porcelain foxes watch over this Shrine. I realize that I've seen these exact same foxes in a number of different Shrines by now. Makes me wonder if they are sold somewhere.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 12 2018, 04:42 AM
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Original Name: 正一位水守稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shibaura Myouhou Inaka Jinja
Translation: Coastal Lawn Mysteries Inari Shrine

Location: 〒105-0023, 1 Chome-13 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-0023
Visited on: 18-Mar-2018

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The final Inari Shrine I should visit during my stray on 18-Mar-2018.

This one is characterized by a large Buddha attended by two trusty vulpine servants.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 13 2018, 02:54 AM
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Original Name: 満福稲荷神社
Transcript: Manpuku Inari Jinja
Translation: Satisfying Blessing Inari Shrine

Location: 〒106-0032 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi, 7 Chome−7, 7 丁目 7−7
Visited on: 22-Mar-2018

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The first Inari Shrine I should visit during my stray from Minato to Shinjuku via Shibuya on 22-Mar-2018. It is actually a side shrine of Tenso Jinja Ryuu Tsuchigami Akemiya (天祖神社 龍土神明宮 "Ancestral Sun Goddess Shrine Dragon Earth God Radiant Shrine").

This one is characterized by a large Buddha attended by two trusty vulpine servants. Once again, they are encased in a protective mesh, that unfortunately makes it hard to see that there's actually a little fox kit hiding beneath the legs of the right fox.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 14 2018, 12:52 AM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 穏田神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Onden Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Calm Field Shrine)

Location: Chome-26-6 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001
Visited on: 22-Mar-2018

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A little side Shrine dedicated to Inari near shrine next to Cat Street. Its name remains a mystery.

I now realize that I could have taken a picture of the little plaque on the Torii, since that is where the shrine's name is written. However, I didn't think of that at that time, and unfortunately none of the pictures I did take have the plaque in a good angle or resolution. Oh well...
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 15 2018, 12:53 AM
#28

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Original Name: 千代田稲荷神社
Transcript: Chiyoda Inari Jinja
Translation: Thousand Year Field Inari Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-20-8 Dōgenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0043
Visited on: 22-Mar-2018

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Despite its name, this Shrine is not located in the Chiyoda ward, but rather in a red-light district of Shibuya. On my way hear I pass by a good dozen of love hotels, as well as some rather suggestively themed shops.

The shrine itself is actually quite nice - never mind the bawdy neighborhood - and home to a little fox-family of three.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 16 2018, 04:27 AM
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Original Name: 大山稲荷神社
Transcript: Ooyama Inari Jinja
Translation: Big Mountain Inari Shrine

Location: 1 Chome-7 Shōtō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0046
Visited on: 22-Mar-2018

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Despite its name, this Shrine is only located on a small hill in Shibuya.

The neighbourhood is nice and quiet though, a welcome break after the masses of people in central Shibuya.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 17 2018, 12:56 AM
#30

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 新宿十二社熊野神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Shinjuku Juniso Kumano Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of New Dwelling Twelve Shrines Bear Plains Shrine)

Location: 2 Chome-11-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023
Visited on: 22-Mar-2018

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I find this shrine late at night near a park in Shinjuku.

Despite the poor illumination you can still make out four foxes faithfully watching over this little side shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 18 2018, 03:38 AM
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Original Name: 新栄稲荷神社
Transcript: Shinei Inari Jinja
Translation: New Glory Inari Shrine

Location: 7 Chome-20 Nishishinjuku, 新宿区 Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023
Visited on: 22-Mar-2018

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The last Inari Shrine I should discover late at night on 22-Mar-2018. Fortunately, this one was a bit better illuminated than the last one.

Actually, I was looking for this one in the wrong place at first, and ended up walking around the wrong block twice before eventually giving up and continuing on. At the next crossroad, however, I briefly glanced over my shoulder and saw this little Shrine in front of a mighty office building. That's what I call a find on Last Judgement!
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 18 2018, 08:01 PM
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Original Name: 稲荷社 
Transcript: Inari Yashiro
Translation: Inari Shrine*

Location: 6 Chome-58 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 162-0825
Visited on: 27-Mar-2018

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The first Inari Shrine I should find on my stray from Kudan to Shinjuku on 27-Mar-2018, and the new record holder for the smallest Inari Shrine.

This is actually the Shrine I was looking for when I found #17 in front of Ryumonji. Seeing how small this Shrine turned out to be, it is no wonder I couldn't find it before, even though I was literally standing only a few feet away from it on the other side of the fence.

*normally, "Shrine" is written 神社, meaning "Shrine of Spirits". This little Shrine, however, is written only with 社, which makes it only "Shrine", or maybe more properly a Shrine-let.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 20 2018, 02:32 AM
#33

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 瑞光寺)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Suikouji)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Congratulating Ray Temple)

Location: 2 Chome-34 Haramachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 162-0053
Visited on: 27-Mar-2018

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With a total of 36 little foxes congregating at this little side Shrine, this one definitely breaks the record for most foxes,  the previous record holder having been #2.

This one is actually a side Shrine not of a Shinto Shrine, but a Buddhist Temple. I wonder, does this make it an Inari Temple as opposed to a Shrine? The borders between Shintoism and Buddhism can be fluid sometimes here in Japan, and either way, foxes are foxes, right?
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 21 2018, 01:55 AM
#34

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Original Name: 白菊稲荷神社
Transcript: Shiragiku Inari Jinja
Translation: White Chrysanthemum Inari Shrine

Location: 1 Chome-12 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0072
Visited on: 27-Mar-2018

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The last Inari Shrine I should visit on 27-Mar-2018, and a really special one at that.

For starters, this shrine was really Really REALLY hard to find. Hidden in a backyard of sorts, nested between houses and hills, there's no way to find it until you know exactly between which two  houses you have to go to get there. I was actually looking for it once before but couldn't find it  back then.

This time, however, I could find it because there was a festival, and that meant many flags and people to follow. It was a ceremony wherein a Shinto priest refreshed the blessing of the Shrine. Afterwards, each attendant - myself included - laid down a green branch at the shrine and said a short prayer to Inari-sama.

I have actually taken a video of this ceremony. Here it is:
http://www.tri-tail.com/TravellingFoxBlog/Videos/03-03-303_ShintoCeremony.mp4
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 22 2018, 02:52 AM
#35

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Original Name: 仙氣稲荷神社
Transcript: Senki Inari Jinja
Translation: Hermit's Spirit Inari Shrine

Location: 3 Chome-4-2 Minamisuna, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 136-0076
Visited on: 29-Mar-2018

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The first Inari Shrine I should visit on 29-Mar-2018 during my stray through eastern Koto, specifically Minamisuna (南砂 "Southern Sands").

Hidden out of view  of the main road just around a corner, a characteristic myriad of red and white flags advertises the presence of this shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 23 2018, 03:59 AM
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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine

Location: 4 Chome-7-17 Minamisuna, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 136-0076
Visited on: 29-Mar-2018

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A little, nameless Inari Shrine attended by a pair of little foxes.

This one is the defining feature of a small square at a street corner in Minamisuna.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 24 2018, 01:06 AM
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Original Name: 八多稲荷
Transcript: Yaoo Inari
Translation: Abundant Garden Inari

Location: 〒135-0016, 5 Chome-12-10 Tōyō, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0016
Visited on: 29-Mar-2018

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A shrine surrounded by lush greenery in the heart of Koto. Not only foxes watch over this shrine: There's also a school of fish living in the little pond.

The name of this one is actually a bit of a conundrum: Literally, it would mean "Eight Many Inari". However, the Kanji for eight, "八", also has a very rarely used meaning of "greenery" or "garden", that I  happen to know of because it is used in the word for "greengrocer": 八百屋 (literally: 800 store; analogous: garden farmer store).
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 26 2018, 08:39 AM
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Original Name: 鶴歩稲荷大明神
Transcript: Tsuruayumi Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: Striding Crane Great Gracious Goddess Inari

Location: 〒135-0042, 3 Chome-9-2 Kiba, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0042
Visited on: 29-Mar-2018

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The final Inari Shrine I should find on 29-Mar 2018.

This one sits right by the side of the road, so it's hard to miss. There's not much to it, but the two foxes standing watch over it are already more than enough for me.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 27 2018, 03:45 AM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 若宮八幡宮)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Wakamiya Hachimangu)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Young Shrine Hachiman Shrine)

Location: 2 Chome-12-10 Daishi Ekimae, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 210-0802
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The first Inari Shrine I should find on 1-Apr-2018, and also the southernmost one so far. It is also the first Inari Shrine I should find outside the City of Tokyo, in Kawasaki to be specific, and while it's still part of the Radiant Metropolis, it's the farthest out I've been so far.

I visited this locale on the occasion of the Kanamara Matsuri (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanamara_Matsuri), and while it was certainly interesting, my main problem was that there were far too many humans around, and it was way too loud to be able to enjoy anything, so I didn't stick around for too long.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 28 2018, 12:44 AM
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Original Name: 大師稲荷神社
Transcript: Daishi Inari Jinja
Translation: Great Teacher Inari Shrine

Location: 〒210-0818 Kanagawa-ken, Kawasaki-shi, Kawasaki-ku, Nakaze, 3 Chome−5−1
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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At first, I thought there were no foxes  to be found at this shrine, but then I  noticed the reliefs on the lanterns near the entryway.

I wasn't sure whether I should count this, but here it is anyway.  :)
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 28 2018, 09:28 PM
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Original Name: 鈴納稲荷神社
Transcript: Suzuosame Inari Jinja
Translation: Bell Settlement Inari Shrine

Location: 3 Chome-9-12 Honhaneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0044
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The first of many,  Many, MANY Inari Shrines I should discover in Ōta-ku. The people in this part of Tokyo really  seem to love foxes.  ^_^

This one is actually the first of three Inari side Shrine found at Haneda Jinja (羽田神社"Wing Field Shrine").

By the way, the board with the cute little  fox illustration only tells of the Shrine's history. The text doesn't have anything to do with foxes at all.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Apr 30 2018, 03:13 AM
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Original Name: 増田稲荷神社
Transcript: Mada Inari Jinja
Translation: Growing Field Inari Shrine

Location: 3 Chome-9-12 Honhaneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0044
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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This second of three Inari side Shrine found at Haneda Jinja (羽田神社"Wing Field Shrine"). This one is literally right next to Suzusame Inari Jinja.

Once again the cute little fox on the board is purely illustrative and has nothing to do with the text, which tells of the Shrine's history, date of establishment, founder, etc.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 01 2018, 04:35 AM
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Original Name: 羽田稲荷神社
Transcript: Haneda Inari Jinja
Translation: Wing Field Inari Shrine

Location: 3 Chome-9-12 Honhaneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0044
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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This last of three Inari side Shrine found at Haneda Jinja (羽田神社"Wing Field Shrine"). Aptly named, this one simply added "Inari" in the middle of its title.

Once again, this one is right next to the other two fox Shrines, although this time there is a non-fox Shrine in between. It is also a little bit unconventional because it does not have a Torii in front.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 02 2018, 03:19 AM
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Original Name: 松巳稲荷神社
Transcript: Matsumi Inari Jinja
Translation: Pine Serpent Inari Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-14-9 Haneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0043
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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A little ramshackle shrine at a street corner in Ota. This is definitely the most rickety Shrine I've seen so far.

At first I don't see any foxes around here, but a glance inside reveals that two little foxies have taken shelter in this Shrine after all.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 03 2018, 02:46 AM
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Original Name: 鴎稲荷神社
Transcript: Kamome Inari Jinja
Translation: Seagull Inari Shrine

Location: 6 Chome-20-10 Haneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0043
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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Another Inari Shrine in Ota-Ku, the southernmost ward of Tokyo. It's actually not far from the bay of Tokyo, which might explain the reference to seagulls in the Shrine's name.

I'd be worried about the foxes eating the seagulls, but these two seem to be content just sitting there guarding the shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 03 2018, 07:15 PM
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Original Name: 藤崎稲荷神社
Transcript: Fujisaki Inari Jinja
Translation: Wisteria Cape Inari Shrine

Location: 〒144-0043, 6 Chome-15-1 Haneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0043
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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Yet another little Inari Shrine in Ōta-ku. Did I mention that there are really really many of them in this part of the Radiant Metropolis?

This one is guarded by two rather crude foxes. The little fox kit beneath the vixen is cute though.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 04 2018, 07:47 PM
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Original Name: 狐塚
Transcript: Kitsune Tsuka
Translation: Fox Den

Location: 5 Chome-2-12 Haneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0043
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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When I ran into this Shrine, I though I had found my Inari Shrine for the day.

Little did I know this was only the beginning of something much, much bigger.

Either way, this aptly named fox den should hold the record for the Shrine with the most foxes for at least...  oh... 15 minutes or so.

Since this shrine had more foxes than would fit on pictures, I've taken a video of it. Here it is:
http://www.tri-tail.com/TravellingFoxBlog/Videos/03-04-033_AnamamoriinariSideShrine.mp4
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 06 2018, 09:12 AM
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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
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The big-ol grand-daddy of Inari Shrines in Tokyo.

Not only is the Shrine itself big and foxy, but it also has a total of seven Side Shrines with even more foxes. On top of it, it sells fox charms and even fox guardian statues. I got myself one of the charms for my journey here.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 06 2018, 07:35 PM
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Original Name: 必勝稲荷社
Transcript: Hisshou Inari Jinja
Translation: Certain Victory Inari Shrine

Location: 5 Chome-2-7 Haneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0043
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The second of the seven Inari Side Shrines of Anamori Inari Jinja.

This one contains of an inscribed stone next to a little Shrine. Foxes abound around both.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 08 2018, 09:08 AM
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Original Name: 開運稲荷神社
Transcript: Kaiuj Inari Jinja
Translation: Better Fortune Inari Shrine

Location: 〒144-0043 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Haneda, 五丁目2番7号
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The third of the seven Inari Side Shrines of Anamori Inari Jinja.

This one is located to the side of a reasonably long tunnel of Torii.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 08 2018, 07:32 PM
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Original Name: 穴守稲荷奥之宮
Transcript: Anamori Inari Okunomiya
Translation: Cave Guardian Inari Inner Sanctuary

Location: 5 Chome-2-7 Haneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0043
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The fourth of the seven Inari Side Shrines of Anamori Inari Jinja.

You need to go through aforementioned tunnel of Torii to get there. From what I gather, those are old Torii, since the dates written on their backs predate one another in a chronologically orderly fashion.

The inner sanctuary turns out to be the cave that these foxes are guarding over, and my are it many! It's so many that I can neither count nor properly estimate them. As such, this one should become the new record holder for the shrine with the most foxes so far, and likely hold that title for quite some time, if not forever.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 10 2018, 07:31 AM
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Original Name: 築山稲荷神社
Transcript: Tsukiyama Inari Jinja
Translation: Artificial Mountain Inari Shrine

Location: 〒144-0043 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Haneda, 五丁目2番7号
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The fifth of the seven Inari Side Shrines of Anamori Inari Jinja.

Right to the right of the fox cave, this little artificial mountain is literally overrun with foxies.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 11 2018, 08:42 AM
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Original Name: 稲荷大明神
Transcript: Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: Great Gracious Goddess Inari

Location: 〒144-0043 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Haneda, 五丁目2番7号
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The sixth of the seven Inari Side Shrines of Anamori Inari Jinja.

One of the three shrines to the left of the tunnel of Torii, this one finally has a countable number of foxes again, but it's still quite a lot.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 11 2018, 05:18 PM
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Original Name: 出世稲荷
Transcript: Shussei Inari
Translation: Success-in-Life Inari

Location: 〒144-0043 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Haneda, 五丁目2番7号
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The last of the seven Inari Side Shrines of Anamori Inari Jinja.

By now my brain has been officially overwritten with foxes, and all I see is little foxes when I close my eyes. And yet, the day should not quite be over just yet.

Before I leave the Anamori Inari Shrine, I also buy a cute little Omamori fox charm made of silk worm cocoons.

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Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 12 2018, 05:15 PM
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Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?

Location: 5 Chome-3-15 Haneda, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0043
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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A private Inari Shrine on a property right next to Anamori Inari Shrine.

Naturally, I couldn't get any closer, but I think it's nice that people do such things here.

Maybe after returning home I should build my own Inari Shrine in my garden?
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 13 2018, 04:52 PM
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Original Name: 白浜稲荷神社
Transcript: Shirahama Inari Jinja
Translation: White Sand Inari Shrine

Location: 〒144-0042 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Hanedaasahichō, 13−3
Visited on: 1-Apr-2018

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The last Inari Shrine I should find on 1-Apr-2018. This one is right next to the giant logistics centre of the Kuroneko Delivery Service.

It's also quite close to Haneda Airport to the east, which is located pretty much in the middle of the city. If you ever go to Japan, I suggest trying to get a flight to Haneda Airport since the landing there is just that much more spectacular than in Narita.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 14 2018, 05:15 PM
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Original Name: 桜稲荷神社
Transcript: Sakura Inari Jinja
Translation: Cherry Blossom Inari Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-6 Taitō, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0016
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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The first Inari Shrine I should find on 3-Apr-2018, after moving to my new home in Taitou.

This one is actually the closest Inari Shrine to my new home, and the very reason why I chose this Share House over all others. It's not even 200m away.

Cramped between two houses, this little Shrine stands beneath a Sakura Tree.

One of those days, they even held a tiny little Sakura Matsuri that I by chance managed to attend.

I've taken a video of it. Here it is:
http://www.tri-tail.com/TravellingFoxBlog/Videos/03-04-088_SakuraInariShrineMatsuri.mp4
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 16 2018, 07:07 PM
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Original Name: 伏見稲荷神社
Transcript: Fushimi Inari Jinja
Translation: Prostrated Chance Inari Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-11 Yaesu, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 103-0028
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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A small Inari Shrine in the middle of Tokyo, not far from the Tokyo Station.

Three little foxes watch over this humble shrine between high houses.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 17 2018, 07:03 AM
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Original Name: 福徳神社
Transcript: Fukutoku Jinja
Translation: Happiness and Prosperity Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-4-14 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 103-0022
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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A moderately-sized Shrine in the middle of Tokyo.

This one may not have Inari in its name, but since it has a pair of vulpine guardians, I'm counting it as one anyways.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 17 2018, 06:04 PM
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Original Name: 柳森神社
Transcript: Yanagamori Jinja
Translation: Willow Woods Shrine

Location: 2 Chome-25-1 Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0041
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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A big shrine sitting right at the shore of the Kanda River.

This one is dedicated not only to foxes, but also has a number of side shrines for other beasts such as Tanukis and Dragons.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 18 2018, 07:39 PM
Bonus Shrine: Tanuki #1

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 柳森神社 )
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Yanagamori Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Willow Woods Shrine)

Location: 2 Chome-25-1 Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0041
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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Since Tanuki and Kitsune are closely related in Japanese folklore, I figured it would only be fair to post a picture of the Tanuki Side Shrine of Yanagimori Jinja here.

Did you know that male Tanuki actually do have disproportionately large testicles for mammals their size? Sure, they are not nearly as big as the overdrawn version on the left, but the right one actually comes quite close.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 20 2018, 04:16 AM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 柳森神社 )
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Yanagamori Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Willow Woods Shrine)

Location: 2 Chome-25-1 Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0041
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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A tiny little fox Side Shrine of Yanagamori Jinja.

Looks like she bit off his head, but not before he had the chance to sire a kit.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 21 2018, 05:29 PM
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Original Name: 徳稲荷神社
Transcript: Tokuinari Jinja
Translation: Benevolent Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-25-1 Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0041
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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The last fox Side Shrine of Yanagamori Jinja.

This one rests beneath a fragrant rose bush, a pair of foxes watching over it.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 23 2018, 08:37 AM
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Original Name: 講武稲荷神社
Transcript: Kobuinari Jinja
Translation: Military Training Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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An Inari Shrine near Akihabara.

A whole bunch of foxes is sitting on the slopes of this little artificial hill. They don't look like warriors to me though.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 24 2018, 03:36 AM
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Original Name: 徳稲荷神社
Transcript: Urayasu Inari Jinja
Translation: Peaceful Creek Inari Shrine
Location: 〒101-0021 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda, 2 Chome−16
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Kanda Myouin, the technology shrine of Akihabara.

The two foxes outside apparently didn't do a very good job of keeping this shrine vermin-free, for there is a little mouse inside.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 24 2018, 09:16 PM
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Original Name: 三宿荷神社
Transcript: Sanshuku Inari Jinja
Translation: Three Dwellings Inari Shrine
Location: 〒101-0021, 2 Chome-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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Another Inari Side Shrine of Kanda Myouin.

The foxes here seem to be particularly lithe, and their ears almost resemble a fennec's.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 26 2018, 08:35 AM
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Original Name: 稲荷祠
Transcript: Inari Hokora
Translation: Inari Wayside Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021
Visited on: 3-Apr-2018

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The last Inari Side Shrine of Kanda Myouin, and also the last Inari Shrine I should find on 3-Apr-2018.

I found that one after turning  around and leaving one of the other Side Shrines of Kanda Myouin. When I spotted  it sitting just at the side of the parking lot,  I couldn't stop smiling.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 27 2018, 04:43 AM
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Original Name: 千代田稲荷神社
Transcript: Chiyoda Inari Jinja
Translation: Eternal Field Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-13 Taitō, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0016
Visited on: 5-Apr-2018

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Another Inari  Shrine close to my home in Taitou, and also the first Inari Shrine I should find on 5-Apr-2018.

I wonder why this one is called ChiyodaInari Jinja even though it's located in Taitou-Ku and not in Chiyoda-Ku? Maybe the district borders were different in the past? after all, this little shrine is barely even 30m from the current border to Chiyoda-Ku.

Unlike with most Inari  Shrines, the two guardian foxes don't flank the Shrine this time, but sit next to it. Gauging from the glasses of sake at their paws, they might be taking a short break from duty.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 27 2018, 05:18 PM
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Original Name: 金網稲荷神社
Transcript: Kanaami Inari Jinja
Translation: Wire-Mesh Inari Shrine
Location: Kanda Izumicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0024
Visited on: 5-Apr-2018

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So apparently, this Shrine's theme is fences. That's definitely original.

It's located in a corner of the Izumi Park, and accessible from the road. A total of four foxes stand watch over it.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 28 2018, 11:47 PM
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Original Name: 幸徳稲荷神社
Transcript: Kotoku Inari Jinja
Translation: Happiness and Virtue Inari Shrine
Location: 〒101-0052 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda, Kanda Ogawamachi, 2丁目
Visited on: 5-Apr-2018

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Not to be confused with Koto-Ku (江東区), which is an entirely different district of Tokyo.

This tiny shrine sits on the veranda of a house. At first, I am hesitant  to enter, but since the flags are inviting me, I eventually take a heart,  climb the stairs, and put a little something in the offertory box after saying a prayer to O-Inari-sama.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 29 2018, 05:03 PM
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Original Name: 花房稲荷神社
Transcript: Hanabusa Inari Jinja
Translation: Bunch of Flowers Inari Shrine
Location: 〒101-0021 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda, 4 Chome−4, 外神田4-4-5
Visited on: 5-Apr-2018

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A cleverly hidden Inari Shrine in the heart of Akihabara, and the final Shrine I should find on 5-Apr-2018.

I still can't believe I actually found this one, hidden in a narrow backstreet as it was. It rests at the bottom of a chimney of houses, surrounded by walls on all four sides.

I actually made a video about how to get to this Shrine from the main street of Akihabara. Here it is:
http://www.tri-tail.com/TravellingFoxBlog/Videos/03-04-116_HiddenInariShrine.mp4
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 31 2018, 03:21 AM
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Original Name: 福寿神社
Transcript: Fukuju Jinja
Translation: Long Life and Happiness Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-4-14 Torigoe, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0054
Visited on: 7-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Torigoe Jinja (鳥越神社 "Cruising Bird Shrine"), and the first of the three Shrines with foxes I should find on 7-Apr-2018.

This one gives a home to abandoned and broken foxes, big or small. The entire cupboard in the background is also full of little fox statues.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on May 31 2018, 03:11 PM
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Original Name: 綮昌稲荷社
Transcript: Keishou Inari Yashiro
Translation: Prosperous Emblem Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-4-3 Kuramae, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0051
Visited on: 7-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Dairoku Tensakaki Jinja (第六天榊神社 "Sixth Heaven Evergreen Shrine"), and the second of the three Shrines with foxes I should find on 7-Apr-2018.

At  first I don't see any foxes around here, but a glance inside through the latticework reveals that a pair has taken up shelter inside next to the divine mirror representing the gate to the spirit world through which the goddess sees the world.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 01 2018, 05:39 PM
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Original Name: 七福稲荷神社
Transcript: Shichifuku Inari  Jinja
Translation: Seven Fortunes Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-4-3 Kuramae, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0051
Visited on: 7-Apr-2018

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Another Side Shrine of Dairoku Tensakaki Jinja (第六天榊神社 "Sixth Heaven Evergreen Shrine"), and the last of the three Shrines with foxes I should find on 7-Apr-2018.

This one features two caged foxes, which means that they are in good condition,but makes them harder to see. I wonder, is that a good tradeoff? Probably not...
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 03 2018, 03:35 AM
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Original Name: 笹塚稲荷神社
Transcript: Sasazuka Inari Jinja
Translation: Bamboo Grass Mound Inari Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-30-1 Yushima, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 113-0034
Visited on: 10-Apr-2018

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One of the two Inari Shrines I should find on 10-Apr-2018.

This one is a Side Shrine of Yushima Tenmangu (湯島天満宮 "Hot Spring Island Imperial Satisfaction Shrine"), an ancient shrine devoted to learning established in AD458. The cute little fox fresco above the Shrine is just one in a long row of animal frescos spanning the row of the arcades.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 04 2018, 04:15 AM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 城院心)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Jouinshin)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Castle Temple Heart)
Location: 3 Chome-32-4 Yushima, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 113-0034
Visited on: 10-Apr-2018

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The other of the two Inari Shrines I should find on 10-Apr-2018.

This one is a Side Shrine of a temple  next to Yuushima Tenmangu. Next to it there is a tranquil pond with turtles and fish,  and I end up losing myself in the tranquillity for quite some time.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 05 2018, 04:32 AM
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Original Name: 和合稲荷
Transcript: Wagou Inari
Translation: Harmonious Inari
Location: 2 Chome-4-25 Hirano, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0023
Visited on: 12-Apr-2018

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The first Shrine with foxes I should find during my stray from Koto-ku to Taitou-ku through Sumida-ku on 12-Apr-2018.

This one is still in Koto-Ku, and is actually a side-shrine of Joshinji (淨心寺 "Pure Heart Temple", one of many Buddhist temples in this area).
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 06 2018, 06:01 AM
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Original Name: 深川稲荷神社
Transcript: Fukagawa Inari Jinja
Translation: Deep River Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-12-12 Kiyosumi, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0024
Visited on: 12-Apr-2018

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This one is literally a little street corner Shrine.

Ironically, the closest river, a channel to the north, is not the Fukagawa as this Shrine's name might suggest, but the Konakigawa (小名木川 "Small Precious Tree River").
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 07 2018, 04:51 AM
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Original Name: 和合稲荷神社
Transcript: Wago Inari Jinja
Translation: Harmonious Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-3-17 Morishita, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0004
Visited on: 12-Apr-2018

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A little Side Shrine of Fukagawajin Myogu (深川神明宮 "Deep River God Radiant Shrine"). A total of six little foxies flank this one.

This one is actually right next to a kindergarten, so there's a buzz of  vibrant activity around.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 08 2018, 04:47 AM
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Original Name: 八名川稲荷神社
Transcript: Yanagawa Inari Jinja
Translation: Eight Famous Rivers Inari Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-1-4 Shinōhashi, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0007
Visited on: 12-Apr-2018

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A Shrine flanked by two caged foxes. Although it is next to a park, you actually have to leave the park and circle around the block to enter it.

And please don't ask me where the other six rivers are supposed to be.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 09 2018, 04:23 AM
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Original Name: 杉多稲荷神社
Transcript: Santa Inari Jinja
Translation: Many Cedars Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-8-2 Chitose, Sumida-ku, Tōkyō-to 130-0025
Visited on: 12-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Ejimasugiyama Jinja (江島杉山神社 "Inlet Bay Cedar Mountain Shrine"), and the first Inari Shrine I should find in Sumida-Ku.

Looks like the two foxes watching over this one have been given some tasty snacks. Bon appetit!
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 09 2018, 06:25 PM
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Original Name: 此葉大明神
Transcript: Shiyou Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: This Leaf Inari Great Gracious Goddess
Location: 1 Chome-29-11 Asakusabashi, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0053
Visited on: 12-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Ginnanokayahata Jinja (銀杏岡八幡神社 "Ginko Hill Hachiman Shrine"), and the last Inari  Shrine I should find on 12-Apr-2018.

This one actually has a few foxies cleverly hiding inside if you  look really closely.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 11 2018, 05:06 AM
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Original Name: 草分稲荷神社
Transcript: Kusawake Inari Jinja
Translation: Pioneer Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-29-11 Asakusabashi, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0053
Visited on: 14-Apr-2018

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The only Inari Shrine I should find on 14-Apr-2018, and the conclusive proof that I obviously can't walk  along a single new road in this part of the Radiant Metropolis without running into an Inari  Shrine.

This one is located in a park right next to the railway viaduct of the Chuo Line, which runs straight through the heart of the city about three stories above ground level.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 11 2018, 05:09 PM
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Original Name: 矢場稲荷神社
Transcript: Yaba Inari Jinja
Translation: Archery Range Inari Shrine
Location: 〒110-0016, 3 Chome-43-2 Taitō, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0016
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The first Inari Shrine I should find on the great northern circuit on 19-Apr-2018. I should come to call this one the Trollface Inari Shrine for being just out of reach, and while there is a ladder leaning against the tree which could be used to access it, I'm not really sure if it would be okay to actually use it.

Interesting fact: 矢場 means both "Archery Range" and "Brothel disguised as an Archery Range", so that makes you wonder what kind of place this really was.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 12 2018, 06:01 PM
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Original Name: 隆栄稲荷神社
Transcript: Ryuei Inari Jinja
Translation: Noble Splendor Inari Shrine
Location: 〒110-0015, 3 Chome-31-3 Higashiueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0015
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Shitaya Jinja (下谷神社 "Lower Valley Shrine"), located conveniently at the Inaricho-Eki (稲荷町駅 "Inari Town Station") of the Ginza Line. Quite a fitting name I must say.

This one should be another of those Shrines where I had to put down "Many" for the number of foxes around. Between the skulks of little foxes flanking the altar on both sides, and the scores hanging out on the little mound across from the main Shrine, there was no way I could count them all.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 13 2018, 05:15 PM
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Original Name: 花園稲荷神社
Transcript: Hanazono Inari Jinja
Translation: Flower Garden Inari Shrine
Location: 4-59 Uenokōen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0007
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A Shrine inside Ueno Park, an oasis of green in the Radiant Metropolis.

Once again, there are more foxes inside than one can count, neatly arranged on shelves to the sides of the divine mirror.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 14 2018, 04:36 PM
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Original Name: 穴稲荷社
Transcript: Ana Inari Yashiro
Translation: Cave Inari Shrine
Location: 〒110-0007 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Uenokōen, 4, 4
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Hanazono Inari Jinja. Unfortunately, photos are forbidden in the cave, even if you hold your cellphone vertically and at a slight angle.

Thankfully, the "cave" (which was more of an overhang closed off by a wall) was not all that impressive, and only two more little foxies were hiding inside.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 15 2018, 06:35 PM
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Original Name: 隼人稲荷神社
Transcript: Hayato Inari Jinja
Translation: Falcon-Man Inari Shrine
Location: 〒116-0014, 5 Chome-41 Higashinippori, Arakawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 116-0014
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Zenseiji (善性寺 "Innate Goodness of Man Temple"), and the first Inari-Shrine I should find in Arakawa-ku (荒川区 "Wild River Ward).

At first, I see only the three little foxies outside, but a coy glance through the offertory hole  reveals another six hiding inside for a total of nine. A good number for foxes. =^,^=
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 17 2018, 01:53 AM
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Original Name: 鍛冶稲荷神社 
Transcript: Kaji Inari Jinja
Translation: Blacksmith Inari Shrine
Location: 西日暮里二丁目町会会館 50-, 2 Chome-50 Nishinippori, Arakawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 116-0013
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A little Inari Shrine in a side road just off the main street.

Two slender foxes stand guard over this Shrine, and another four lurk inside.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 18 2018, 04:33 AM
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Original Name: 向陵稲荷神社 
Transcript: Koryou Inari Jinja
Translation: Defying Mound Inari Shrine
Location: 4 Chome-7-34 Nishinippori, Arakawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 116-0013
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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An Inari Shrine atop a rather steep slope.

The road running up the slope is actually one of the few named roads in Japan, and it's actually called Koryou Inari Saka (向陵稲荷坂 "Defying Mound Inari Slope").
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 18 2018, 05:13 PM
#90

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 田端八幡神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Tabata Hachiman Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Field Border Hachiman Shrine)
Location: 2 Chome-7-2 Tabata, Kita-ku, Tōkyō-to 114-0014
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A tiny little Side Shrine of a Hachiman Shrine, and also the only Inari Shrine I should find in Tokyo's Kita-Ku (北区 "North Ward").

The foxes here are already quite weathered, and still they continue to perform their eternal duty as guardians of this shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 19 2018, 05:57 PM
#91

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Original Name: 日吉稲荷神社
Transcript: Hyoshi Inari Jinja
Translation: Joyful Day Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-30-12 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0003
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A little Side Shrine of Komagomehie Jinja (駒込日枝神社 "Pony Crowd Day Branch Shrine"), and the northernmost Inari Shrine I should find in Tokyo, as well as the first Inari Shrine I  should find in Toshima-Ku (豊島区 "Bountiful Island Ward").

This one actually consists of two tiny Shrines right next to each other, as well as many cute fox guardians surrounding them both.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 20 2018, 05:11 PM
#92

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Original Name: 子育稲荷神社
Transcript: Kosodate Inari Jinja
Translation: Child Rearing Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-30-12 Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0003
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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A little Side Shrine of Sugamo Otori Jinja (巣鴨大鳥神社  "Duck Nest Big Bird Shrine"). Looks like there are not many standalone Inari Shrines in this part of the Radiant Metropolis.

Next to the already tiny, cat-sized shrine, there is an even tinier mouse-sized shrine, both of which are attended by a pair of foxes just the right size.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 21 2018, 05:21 PM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 簸川神社 )
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Hikawa Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Winnow River Shrine)
Location: 〒112-0011 Tōkyō-to, Bunkyō-ku, Sengoku, 2 Chome−10, 千石2丁目10-10
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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Yet another Inari Side Shrine next to a larger Shrine. A total of 25 little foxies stand watch here.

This one is located near Koshikawa Shokubutsuen (小石川植物園 "Little Stone River Botanical Garden"), which unfortunately has its sole entrance way  over on the other side.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 22 2018, 06:17 PM
#94

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Original Name: 澤蔵司稲荷
Transcript: Sawazoushi Inari
Translation: Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The second Golden Inari Shrine I should find on my journey. Once again, I did not know that this was here, and came across it purely by chance.

If Anamori Inari Shrine (#48) was the big-ol grand-daddy of all Inari Shrines in Tokyo, than this one is the big-ol grand-mommy.

The number of Inari Side Shrines next to the already impressive Main Shrine is quite overwhelming, so expect it to fill the rest of this page, and then some of the next one.

As for the Main Shrine, not only does it have the customary fox guardians all around, but also a quite artisan fresco of two more foxes beneath the roof.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 23 2018, 06:32 PM
#95

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The first of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari.

Two cute little foxies watch over this Shrine just off to the right of the approach to the main Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 24 2018, 05:31 PM
#96

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The second of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari.

The area in front of the Main Shrine is comparable to a stone  garden filled with little fox statues and Shrines such as this one. Five foxies stand watch over it, one of which appears to have lost face.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 25 2018, 05:53 PM
#97

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The third of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari.

This one has intricate wood carvings of foxes integrated into the Shrine. As someone who has at least tried his hand at carving, I stand in awe of the effort that went even into such a little Side Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 26 2018, 05:18 PM
#98

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The fourth of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari.

Actually, these are two tiny Side Shrines so close to one another that I count them as one entry in this list. Three foxies  hang around right here, and more lurk in the vicinity. In the background, the fox glade can already be seen, but I will come to that one soon.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 28 2018, 04:46 AM
#99

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The fifth of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari.

This one is the last Shrine in front of Sawazoushi Inari, standing at the gateway to the fox glade, a little sheltered valley in the middle of the Radiant Metropolis that should harbour the remaining seven fox Side Shrines, as well as foxes hiding in the greenery. I wouldn't be surprised if it was home to live foxes as well.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 29 2018, 12:49 AM
#100

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷, within the Fox Glade)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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After little more than two months in Japan, I now come across my 100th Inari Shrine featuring foxes. Quite a good ratio. I certainly don't regret having come here =^,^= .

The sixth of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari, and one of the seven Shrines inside the Fox Glade.

Standing closest to the entrance, this one marks the western terminus of the little Torii crossroads (with the entrance to the Fox Glade being to the south).
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 29 2018, 03:42 PM
#101

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷, within the Fox Glade)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The seventh of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari, located within the Fox Glade.

This one marks the northern terminus of the little Torii crossroads. As for the eastern path, it leads deeper into the fox glade, and should bring  me to the remaining five fox Shrines.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jun 30 2018, 11:37 PM
#102

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷, within the Fox Glade)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The eigth  of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari, located within the Fox Glade.

Deeper within the Fox Glade, little Shrines like this line the path left and right. It's incredible that such a sheltered place can exist  within the very heart of the Radiant Metropolis.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 01 2018, 04:01 PM
#103

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷, within the Fox Glade)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The ninth of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari, located within the Fox Glade.

By this point, I'm starting to get a foxiness overload due to the high concentration of Fox Shrines in this area.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 02 2018, 03:50 PM
#104

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷, within the Fox Glade)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The tenth of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari, located within the Fox Glade.

Two weathered foxes keep their eternal watch over this Shrine, their faces long since eroded away  by wind and weather. The other foxies standing closer to the Shrine are better preserved, and there's even a little one hiding between the leaves nearby.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 04 2018, 06:55 AM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷, within the Fox Glade)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The eleventh of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari, located within the Fox Glade.

With two foxes outside and another eight near the roofed Shrine, I'd say this one is quite well protected.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 04 2018, 03:34 PM
#106

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 澤蔵司稲荷, within the Fox Glade)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sawazoushi Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Swamp Storehouse Governor Inari, within the Fox Glade)
Location: 3 Chome-17-12 Koishikawa, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0002
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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The last of the twelve vulpine Side Shrines of Sawazoushi Inari, located within the Fox Glade.

This one stands at the end of the path, at the far corner of the Fox Glade. Three and three foxes stand guard outside, and another two rest within.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 05 2018, 04:20 PM
#107

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Original Name: 思の森稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shinomori Inari Daimyoujin
Translation: Forest of Thoughts Inari Great Gracious Goddess
Location: 2 Chome-20-2 Kōraku, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0004
Visited on: 19-Apr-2018

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Finally, the last Inari Shrine I should find on 19-Apr-2018. This day has seen so many of them, I feel positively foxified, foxes filling my vision when I close my eyes.

This one is a Side Shrine of Koishikawa Suwa Jinja ("Small Stone River Consulting Offer Shrine" 小石川諏訪神社), and located not far to the west of the Tokyo Dome. Two slender foxes stand watch outside, and  there's a whole skulk of foxes residing within.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 06 2018, 08:43 PM
#108

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Original Name: 被官稲荷社
Transcript: Hikan Inari Jinja
Translation: Lower Government Office Inari Shrine
Location: 〒111-0032 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Asakusa, 2 Chome−3
Visited on: 20-Apr-2018

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This one is a side shrine of Asakusa Jinja (浅草神社 "Shallow Grass Shrine"), located in the district of the same name.

Asakusa Jinja in turn is next to the rather famous Sensou-Ji (浅草寺 "Shallow Grass Temple"), so if you're in the area, make sure to check behind Asakusa Jinja too.

I actually found this one more or less by chance while walking to a nearby furmeet in a bar called Hatch one evening.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 07 2018, 05:12 PM
#109

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Original Name: 高山稲荷神社
Transcript: Takayama Inari Jinja
Translation: High Mountain Inari Shrine
Location: 〒108-0074, 4 Chome-10-23 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-0074
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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The first Inari Shrine with foxes that I should find on my epic stray from Mita to Kawasaki on 26-Apr-2018.

This one is located right across from the Shinagawa Station. In a rare turn of events, only a single fox is to be found here, watching over a side altar containing a Jizo.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 08 2018, 06:19 PM
#110

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Original Name: 西松稲荷大明神
Transcript: Nishimatsu Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: West Pine Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: クレグラン東品川 19, 1 Chome-8-32 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0002
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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This Shrine is a little bit hidden, at the end of a side road within a back road. A total of ten foxes reside here.

As I should soon find out, the people of Shinagawa-Ku (品川区 "Goods River District") appear to adore foxes just as much as the people of Ota-Ku.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 09 2018, 06:01 PM
#111

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 寄木神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Yosengi Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Parquetry Shrine)
Location: 1 Chome-35 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0002
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of a Shrine that that connects two streets. Kinda. I might just have come in from the wrong side.

The Shrine density in this part of Tokyo is quite high, and this should only be the beginning.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 10 2018, 06:52 PM
#112

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-30-1 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0001
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A tiny Shrine just across from one of the many channels of Shinagawa.

This one is actually part of a trio of tiny Shrines, the other two being a Hachiman Shrine and a Kumano (熊野 "Bear Field") Shrine respectively.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 11 2018, 06:43 PM
#113

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Original Name: 稼穡稲荷神社
Transcript: Kashoku Inari Jinja
Translation: Planting and Harvesting Inari Shrine
Location: 〒140-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shinagawa-ku, Kitashinagawa, 2 Chome−32, 2 丁目 32−17
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A little Shrine just a short ways up the river from the tiny triple Shrines.

This one has no foxes standing watch outside, but there is a bunch of them lurking within.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 12 2018, 05:55 PM
#114

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Original Name: 御嶽稲荷神社
Transcript: Mitake Inari Jinja
Translation: High Mountain Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-12 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0004
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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This Shrine is closed off for some reason, so I can only get as far as the gate. Fortunately you can see everything clearly from there.

Two beautiful foxes flank the Shrine, one with a cute kit. Another fox off to the sides has definitely seen better times however.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 13 2018, 06:30 PM
#115

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 長徳寺 )
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Chiyorokuji)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Superior Benevolence Temple)
Location: 2 Chome-8-16 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0004
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A little Side Shrine of a Buddhist Temple that is one of seven Temples along a pilgrimage route known as Toukai Nananfukujin (東海七福神 “East Coast Seven Gods of Fortune”). I walked onto this route by pure chance, and should eventually visit six of the seven Temples during my stray. Some of them - like this one - sport a little Inari Side Shrine or two.

I like to call this one Kaeri Inari Jinja (顧稲荷神社 "Turn Around Inari Shrine"), although that's not its official name, because it is located at such a place in an alcove next to the Temple's entrance gate that it can only been seen after one has been to the Temple and turned around to leave.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 14 2018, 06:23 PM
#116

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Original Name: 茶ノ木稲荷社
Transcript: Chanoki Inari Jinja
Translation: Tea Plant Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-7-7 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0004
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of an Akiba Shrine in the middle of the Toukai Nananfukujin.

There's a pair of slightly unusual looking foxes with a kit on the outside, and another two little ones are hiding within.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 15 2018, 07:07 PM
#117

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 品川寺)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Honsenji)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Goods River Shrine)
Location: 3 Chome-5-17 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0004
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of one of the Toukai Nananfukujin. Note how the characters "品川" are read "Honsen" in this case, although the same characters are also used to spell "Shinagawa". Japanese truly is a tricky language.

At first I don't see any foxes here, but then I espy a pair of bounding foxies partially hidden by the offerings within, only their distinctive tails and hindquarters visible.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 16 2018, 06:12 PM
#118

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Original Name: 幸稲荷神社
Transcript: Sawai Inari Jinja
Translation: Good Fortune Inari Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-3-3 Minamishinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0004
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Small Shrine hidden in a side street. You'd think its bright red colour would make it an easy find, but it's quite concealed by the surrounding high houses, so you likely won't see it until you're right next to it.

Two foxes bearing scroll and orb flank the Torii, and another two reside within the perpendicular Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 17 2018, 07:13 PM
#119

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Original Name: 青雲稲荷神社
Transcript: Seiun Inari Jinja
Translation: Erudition Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-2 Higashiōi, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0011
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Small Shrine in a back street just parallel to a major thoroughfare.

A weathered carving of two bounding foxes decorates the crossbar above the altar.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 18 2018, 05:51 PM
#120

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Original Name: 出世稲荷神社
Transcript: Shusse Inari Jinja
Translation: Success-In-Life Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-20-1 Higashiōi, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0011
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Samezu Hachiman Jinja (鮫洲八幡神社 Shark Sandbar Hachiman Shrine), conveniently located right next to Samezu Station of the Keikyu Line.

A pair of metal fox cutouts decorate the crossbar above the altar. That'S not something I have seen before. Also unusually, a pair of rabbits appear to be hiding on the roof.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 19 2018, 05:58 PM
#121

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Original Name: 白玉稲荷神社
Transcript: Shiratama Inari Jinja
Translation: White Jewel Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-9-15 Higashiōi, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0011
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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Yet another little Inari Shrine in the backroads of Shinagawa-Ku.

No foxes within this time, but a pair and their kit stand watch outside.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 20 2018, 11:22 PM
#122

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Original Name: 火防稲荷神社
Transcript: Hibuse Inari Jinja
Translation: Fire Warding Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-18-14 Higashiōi, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0011
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A little Shrine crammed into a few square meters of open space between three houses.

A number of foxes are hiding within. I think it might be eight. Most notably, there is a pair of dark foxes inside the likes of which I have not seen before.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 21 2018, 11:20 PM
#123

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Original Name: 仲町稲荷神社
Transcript: Nakamachi Inari Jinja
Translation: Between Town Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-25 Higashiōi, Shinagawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 140-0011
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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Maybe this Shrine was once located between the towns of Shinagawa and Ota. Right now, hover, it is right in the middle of the city, atop a small rise next to Kita-Hamakawa Jidouyuuen (北浜川児童遊園 North Beach Stream Children's Park), which might be notable for its statue of Sakamoto Ryōma, a notable figure of Japanese history who played an important role in overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate and thus facilitating the Meiji Restoration, and was assassinated at the age of 31 at an inn by the name of Ōmiya (近江屋 "Near Bay House") in Kyoto.

But back to the foxes: There's a rather grim pair with a kit standing watch outside the shrine. I certainly would not want to incur their anger.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 22 2018, 10:52 PM
#124

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Original Name: 南稲荷神社
Transcript: Minami Inari Jinja
Translation: South Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-4-1 Minamioi, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0013
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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Not quite the southernmost Inari Shrine of Tokyo or even Shinagawa, but definitely within the southernmost 10%.

This one is a Side Shrine of Tenso Suwa Jinja (天祖諏訪神社 "Sun Goddess Consultation Visit Shrine").
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 23 2018, 07:02 PM
#125

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Original Name: 海運稲荷神社
Transcript: Kaiun Inari Jinja
Translation: Maritime Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-4-1 Minamioi, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0013
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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This is the actual southernmost Inari Shrine of Shinagawa-Ku, or at the very least, the southernmost that I know of. It should also mark the end of the pilgrimage route, where there was a Shrine or temple every few hundred meters. From here on  out, I should actually get some walking done between each Shrine.

In addition to a pair of stone foxes outside, four wooden foxes have taken shelter from the rain within the little Shrine itself.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 24 2018, 06:00 PM
#126

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Original Name: 海豊稲荷神社
Transcript: Kaihou Inari Jinja
Translation: Bountiful Sea Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-20-8 Ōmorikita, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0016
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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The northernmost Inari Shrine I should find in Ota-Ku, and a Side Shrine of Iwai Jinja (磐井神社 "Rock Well Shrine").

Two adult foxes and a kit watch over this shrine from cages outside, and another six reside within, making for a grand total of nine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 25 2018, 06:54 PM
#127

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Original Name: 笠島弁財天
Transcript: Kasajima Benzaiten
Translation: Bamboo-Hat Island Benzaiten
Location: 2 Chome-20 Ōmorikita, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0016
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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Another Side Shrine of Iwai Jinja (磐井神社 "Rock Well Shrine"). This one is located on a tiny island in a pond south of the main Shrine.

This one is actually not an Inari Shrine but rather a Shrine dedicated to Benzaiten, goddess of Water, Music, Knowledge and everything that flows. This deity is venerated in both Shintoism and Buddhism, and has close ties to Inari. Maybe that's why this shrine is adorned with a carving of a fox family above the main altar.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 26 2018, 06:36 PM
#128

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Original Name: 仲村光性
Transcript: Nakamura Kousei
Translation: Middle Village Light Nature
Location: 6 Chome-32-12 Ōmorikita, 大田区 Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0016
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Oomori Jinja (大森神社  "Big Forest Shrine"), located right next to a little Hachiman Side Shrine. It's common to see both Inari and Hachiman Side Shrines paired like this.

Tiny though it might be, three little foxies are still residing within.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 27 2018, 06:28 PM
#129

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Original Name: 王森稲荷神社
Transcript: Oumori Inari Jinja
Translation: King Forest Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-1 Ōmorihigashi, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0012
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Shrine in a Side Street of Ota-Ku. The Torii actually stands at the entrance  of the street, but cars are still permitted to enter. The actual Shrine does not start until a bit later.

I think there might have been another Shrine in the vicinity of this one, but it looks like I missed it.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 28 2018, 11:07 PM
#130

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Original Name: 熊野神社
Transcript: Kumano  Jinja
Translation: Bear Field Shrine
Location: 〒143-0012 Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Ōmorihigashi, 3 Chome−9, 大田区大森東3丁目9−19
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Kifune Jinja (貴舩神社 "Precious Ship Shrine") with a cage fox pair and a kit outside, and two little foxes within.

Even though it's not an Inari Shrine by name (denoted by the plaque above the altar), the many flags outside reading "Kifune Inari Oomyoujin" (貴舩稲荷大明神 "Precious Ship Inari Great Gracious Deity") clearly denote this as an Inari Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 29 2018, 06:15 PM
#131

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Original Name: 浦守稲荷神社
Transcript: Uramori Inari Jinja
Translation: Bay Guard Inari Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-27-8 Ōmoriminami, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0013
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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Similar in name to the nearby [N°48] Anamori Inari Jinja (穴守稲荷神社 "Cave Guard Inari Shrine"), which is actually only less than 2km away at this point. I'm slowly getting close to the goal of my long stray.

This one is notable for it fox cutouts in the Shrine blinds. One of the foxes seems to be carrying a bushel of grain, while the other is holding maybe a hatchet or a pipe in its fang.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Jul 31 2018, 06:57 PM
#132

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Original Name: 浦守稲荷末社
Transcript: Uramori Inari Massha
Translation: Bay Guard Inari Subordinate Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-27-8 Ōmoriminami, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0013
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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A Side Shrine of Uramori Inari Jinja, cuz why not add more foxes to your foxes? I like it! =^,^=

This one features a total of eight foxes, and at least three dozen Torii leading towards it. Incidentally,  these Torii-tunnels only seem to occure at Inari Shrines, so if you see one  of them, there's a good chance there will be foxes on the other side (about 15% of Inari Shrines don't have foxes though).
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 01 2018, 03:44 AM
Bonus Shrine: Snake #1

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Original Name: 蛇白大明神
Transcript: Hebijiro Oomyojin
Translation: White Snake Great Gracious Deity
Location: 3 Chome-27-8 Ōmoriminami, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0013
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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Another Side Shrine of Uramori Inari Jinja, and since we already had foxes on the other side, why not go with snakes here?

Snake Shrines are not as common as Fox Shrines, but they have in common that their guardians are always pure white. Most Snake  Shrines are underground or in caves too, and the ones that are not - such as this one - are at the very least designed with a cave theme in mind.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 01 2018, 11:42 PM
#133

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Original Name: 村守稲荷神社
Transcript: Muramori Inari Jinja
Translation: Village Guard Inari Shrine
Location: 4 Chome-3 Higashikōjiya, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 144-0033
Visited on: 26-Apr-2018

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And finally, the last new Inari Shrine I should visit on my stray on 26-Apr-2018.

This one is located almost directly in the middle of #132 Uramori Inari Jinja and #48 Anamori Inari Jinja, where my stray should end. I guess the people of Ota-Ku have something about foxes being their protectors, seeing as they now effectively guard a cave, a bay, and a village.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 02 2018, 06:48 PM
#134

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Original Name: 稲荷大明神
Transcript: Inari Daimyouin
Translation: Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 4 Chome-3-1 Hongō, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 113-0033
Visited on: 29-Apr-2018

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The first of two Inari Shrine I should find on 29-Aug-2018. I came across this one completely by chance while straying through the city with Tatsuro the Dragon, thus further proving the point that I apparently can't go anywhere without running into an Inari Shrine here. =^,^=

This one is a Side Shrine of Sakuragi Shrine (桜木神社 "Cherry Tree Shrine"), and as fate would have it, its standing right behind one of the eponymous cherry trees. Maybe not the best spot for a Shrine, but definitely something new. =^,^=
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 03 2018, 11:13 PM
#135

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Original Name: 妻恋稲荷
Transcript: Tsumakoi Inari
Translation: Yearned-For Wife Inari
Location: 3 Chome-2-6 Yushima, Bunkyō, Tokyo 113-0034
Visited on: 29-Apr-2018

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The other of the two Inari Shrine I should find on 29-Aug-2018. I found this on my way back to Akihabara from the Tokyo Dome.

This one is a Side Shrine of Tsumakoi Jinja (妻恋神社  "Yearned-For Wife Shrine"), which is hidden in a back road just a short distance from the more famous Kanda Myoujin (), so if you are going after Inari Shrines #64-66, you might as well check out this one as well.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 05 2018, 06:51 AM
#136

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Original Name: 地護稲荷神社
Transcript: Jimamoru Inaka Jinja
Translation: Earth Protector Inaka Shrine
Location: 〒110-0015 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Higashiueno, 3 Chome−5−3 〒110-0015
Visited on: 30-Apr-2018

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One of the last three Inari Shrines I should find in April. It turned out to be a Shrine-rich month.

This one is located in a back road right next to Shitaya Jinja (下谷神社 "Lower Valley Shrine") near Inaricho-Eki (稲荷町駅 "Inari Town Station"), which means I must unknowingly have walked within less than 10 metres of it while visiting #84 Ryueiinari Jinja (隆栄稲荷神社 "Noble Splendor Inari Shrine") eleven days ago.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 05 2018, 10:37 PM
#137

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Original Name: 鷺之森稲荷神社
Transcript: Saginomori Inari Jinja
Translation: Forest of Herons Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-31 Ōmorihigashi, Ōta-ku, Tōkyō-to 143-0012
Visited on: 30-Apr-2018

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I should find this Shrine on the way back from Kemoket, a Japanese Furry Sales event of sorts.

Although the event was sort of not what I had hoped for, this little Shrine I found completely by chance on my way back partly makes up for it. Two foxes sit outside in cages, and another four are hiding within to either side of the altar.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 07 2018, 04:38 AM
#138

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Original Name: 稲荷社
Transcript: Inari Yashiro
Translation: Inari Small-Shrine
Location: 〒110-0016 Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Taitō, 1 Chome−10, 1丁目-10
Visited on: 30-Apr-2018

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After a long, Shrine-rich month, this should finally be the last Inari Shrine I would find in April.

This one is actually quite close to my home in Taito. I must have walked past it so many times without knowing it was there. I only found it when, on returning from the Kemoket, I spontaneously decided to walk one little back street that I had not walked before. And let me tell you: There really is no other way to find that specific Shrine than to walk just the right road. You can't see it from either side of the alley, and no flags announce its presence. In fact, I only realized it was there once I walked right past it.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 08 2018, 07:19 AM
#139

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Original Name: 梅森稲荷神社
Transcript: Umemori Inari Jinja
Translation: Plum Forest Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-6-12 Misuji, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0055
Visited on: 4-May-2018

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The first vulpine Shrine I should find in May.

I came across this one totally by chance while moving from my old place in Taitou-Ku to a hostel in Sumida-Ku. Carrying two heavy backpacks, I must have been quite a sight praying at that Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 09 2018, 06:36 AM
#140

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Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?
Location: 〒130-0001 Tōkyō-to, Sumida-ku, Azumabashi, 1 Chome−3−5
Visited on: 4-May-2018

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A tiny little Shrine - not even bearing a name - close to the hostel I stayed in in Sumida-Ku, and the first Inari Shrine I should find in that particular part of Tokyo.

This one seems to be a private Shrine that is behind a fence, which means I can't even put an offering in the offertory box. Oh well. Their loss.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 09 2018, 04:33 PM
#141

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Original Name: 最勝稲荷
Transcript: Saishou Inari
Translation: Utmost Victory Inari
Location: 〒130-0005 Tōkyō-to, Sumida-ku, Higashikomagata, 2 Chome−11
Visited on: 4-May-2018

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The last fox Shrine I should find on 4-May-2018, located in a little back road next to my hostel. Finding one's way there can be a bit tricky.

A fox pair with a kit stand watch outside, and another two foxies reside within.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 10 2018, 04:28 PM
#142

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Original Name: 出世稲荷神社
Transcript: Shusse Inari Jinja
Translation: Success-In-Life Inari Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-5 Kitaōtsuka, Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 170-0004
Visited on: 6-May-2018

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Finally, after 3 months in Tokyo, this should be the last Inari Shrine I should find in the Radiant Metropolis before moving on.

I find it together with Robert, my best friend, who has come to join me in Japan for a 3-weeks tour up to Hokkaido. Naturally, we should find many more fox Shrines in various places along the way.

This one, for now, is located in a quiet residential district of Tokyo, totally different from the bustling parts of the city I've been in so far.

It's also quite close to Tokyo's one and only tram line (the white dots on the map) if you want to try  it out.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 12 2018, 05:31 AM
#143

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Original Name: 正一位稲荷神社
Transcript: Shouichii Inari Jinja
Translation: Highest Ranking Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome Inarimachi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1411
Visited on: 8-May-2018

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The first fox Shrine I should find outside of Tokyo. This one is located in Nikko, the valley of Shrines.

Located in the middle of the city, this one is quite easy to reach. A fox pair with a kit watches over it.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 12 2018, 06:39 PM
#144

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Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?
Location: 2335 Sannai, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1431
Visited on: 9-May-2018

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A tiny nameless Inari Shrine located in the primary Shrine district of Nikko.

This one is located near the Nikko Tokanso Hotel.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 13 2018, 06:46 PM
#145

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Original Name: 瀧尾稲荷神社
Transcript: Takinoo Inari Jinja
Translation: Waterfall End Inari Shrine
Location: 2310-1 Sannai, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1431
Visited on: 9-May-2018

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The northeasternmost Inari Shrine I should visit in Nikko.

This one is a Side Shrine of Takinoo Jinja, which - as its name suggests - is located at the lower end of a nice little waterfall. There is also the Sake no Izumi (酒の泉 "Spring of Sake") nearby, the waters of which are said to taste like Sake.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 14 2018, 06:35 PM
#146

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Original Name: 正一位子稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shouichiiko Inari Daimyouin
Translation: Highest Ranking Child Inari Great Gracious Goddess
Location: 4 Yasukawachō, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1432
Visited on: 9-May-2018

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A tiny little Fox Shrine I should randomly find by the side of the road while straying into Yasukawachou (安川町 "Peaceful River Town").

Two foxes stand watch outside, and another four tiny ones are hiding within.

If you are around here, you might also want to check out he Kanamangafuchi (憾満ヶ淵 "Full of Regrets Abyss"), an impressive ravine that is only a 15 minutes walk away.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 15 2018, 06:41 PM
#147

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Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?
Location: 1 Yasukawachō Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1432
Visited on: 9-May-2018

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Yet another nameless Inari Shrine of Nikko. This one is located near a Yuba-shop by the name of Nikko Yubayuzen.

It appears to be quite old already, and the once red Torii has faded to a golden yellow colour. The two foxies watching over the Shrine are good as ever though.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 17 2018, 05:16 AM
#148

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Original Name: ? (Private Shrine)
Transcript: ? (Private Shrine)
Translation: ? (Private Shrine)
Location: 1-2 Matsubarachō, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1406
Visited on: 8-May-2018

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And now, I would like to apologize for breaking sequence and travelling back in time to 8-May-2018, but I just realized I completely forgot to post about this tiny private Twin-Shrine that I found located in the front yard of a private road across the road from just between Nikko's two train stations.

Nikko's two train stations are only a few minutes apart from each other, but they are operated by different train companies, and their routes from here on out - while both heading southeast, vary considerably from one another.

Either way, this one is also the southeasternmost Fox Shrine I should find in Nikko, with a total of three little foxies watching over it.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 17 2018, 06:18 PM
#149

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 781 Shimohatsuishimachi, Nikkō-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-1403
Visited on: 9-May-2018

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The last Fox Shrine I should find in Nikko on the night prior to my departure, on the way back to the hostel with my best friend. Good thing my little camera's flash was good enough to shed some light on the two foxes standing watch over this one.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 18 2018, 06:44 PM
#150

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Original Name: 稲荷神
Transcript: Inari Yashiro
Translation: Inari Small-Shrine
Location: 〒989-0733 宮城県白石市福岡八宮字川原子11−3
Visited on: 12-May-2018

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The only Fox Shrine that I should find in the Shiroishi Area, and certainly the most special one on my journey thus far, for this one is  attended by real live foxes.

That is because it's standing in the one and only Zao Kitsune Mura, within the half-hectare big fox run that houses about 200 foxes walking and playing side by side with the visitors, completely unrestricted.

Here's a video of it:
http://www.tri-tail.com/TravellingFoxBlog/Videos/03-05-128_ZaoKitsuneMuraIntro.mp4

Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 19 2018, 06:01 PM
#151

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Original Name: 紫神社
Transcript: Murasaki Jinja
Translation: Purple Shrine
Location: 5 Mangokuchō, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-2115
Visited on: 15-May-2018

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The first Fox Shrine I should find in Ishinomaki. Despite the name,  it's not purple at all.

Ishinomaki was one of those towns that was destroyed by the 2011 Touhoku Earthquake and Tsunami  death combination that also triggered the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. As a result, the entire town is still pretty ramshackle,  and the Shrines are probably not what they used to be either.

Also as a result, the road maps are not always accurate  since some roads have been destroyed and some new ones built in different locations, so navigating this place is not always as straightforward as one might think.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 20 2018, 06:28 PM
#152

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Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?
Location: 3-19 Matsubarachō Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-2134
Visited on: 15-May-2018

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This nameless little Shrine sits in the middle of a field. Overgrown fundamentals are the only remnants of the buildings that once used to stand here.

And yet, the Shrine was rebuilt before all else. Maybe a bigger and more glorious Shrine used to stand in its place once, but I like it as it is. This just goes to show how important the Shinto religion is to the people who live here.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 22 2018, 04:30 AM
#153

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Original Name: 太平山三吉神社
Transcript: Taiheisan Miyoku Jinja
Translation: Tranqulity Mountain Three Blessings Shrine
Location: Nitoda-108 Tashirohama, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-0023
Visited on: 16-May-2018

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The one and only Fox Shrine I should find on Tashirojima, also known as one of the two Cat Islands in Japan.

This one is a Side Shrine of Inaridaimyouin (稲荷大明神 "Inari Great Gracious Goddess"), and is actually quite run down. As a result the 15 little foxies here are waiting outside of the Shrine together with some Buddhas.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 22 2018, 01:48 PM
Bonus Shrine: Cat #1

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Original Name: 猫神社
Transcript: Neko Jinja
Translation: Cat Shrine
Location: Tashirohama, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture 986-0023
Visited on: 16-May-2018

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What would a Cat Island be without a Cat Shrine? Located right in the middle of Tashirojima (田代島 "Field Age Island"), there is a number of live cats straying around in addition to all the cat statues.

Sadly, both of Tashirojima's villages are considered Genkai Shuuraku (限界集落 "Terminal Villages"), meaning that over 85% of the population are elderly, and they are expected to become completely abandoned. As it is, many houses are standing empty on this island, so maybe it will soon be entirely owned by cats.

Notably, there are not nearly as  many cats around here as there were foxes in the Zao Kitsune Mura. It's kind of a letdown really.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 23 2018, 06:37 PM
#154

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 鹿島御児神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Kashimamiko Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Deer Island Emperor's Child Shrine)
Location: 2 Chome-1-10 Hiyorigaoka, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-0833
Visited on: 16-May-2018

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Back in Ishinomaki from Tashirojima, I find this Shrine atop a 40m high Shrine Hill not far from the harbour. Being on the high ground, these Shrines were spared the destruction from the Tsunami seven years ago.

Kashimamiko Jinja actually has a total of three vulpine Side Shrines, and this is but the first of them.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 24 2018, 05:11 PM
#155

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-1-10 Hiyorigaoka, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-0833
Visited on: 16-May-2018

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Another vulpine Side Shrine of Kashimamiko Jinja. This one is actually part of a two-god-shrine, the one to the right being a Hachiman Shrine.

It is quite common to see big Shrines having both an Inari and a Hachiman Side Shrine,since those two are the biggest Shrine Networks in Japan. This, however, is the first time that I see them joined like this.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 25 2018, 04:22 PM
#156

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 鹿島御児神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Kashimamiko Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Deer Island Emperor's Child Shrine)
Location: 2 Chome-1-10 Hiyorigaoka, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-0833
Visited on: 16-May-2018

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The  third and last vulpine Side Shrine of Kashimamiko Jinja.

This one is really cute and looks kinda makeshift. Most notable, however, are the fox statues on either side, which are of a different design than I have seen before.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 27 2018, 06:20 AM
#157

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Chome-2 Yamashitachō, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-0873
Visited on: 16-May-2018

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The final Inari Shrine with Foxes I should find in Ishinomaki before moving on.

This one is a Side Shrine of Toyazaki Jinja (鳥屋崎神社 "Bird House Promontory Shrine"), and as fate would have it, there is also a Hachiman Side Shrine on the other side of the Main Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 28 2018, 03:02 AM
#158

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Original Name: 榊山稲荷神社
Transcript: Sakakiyama Inari Jinja
Translation: Sakakai Mountain Inari Shrine
Location: 〒020-0061 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Kitayama, 2 Chome−12, 盛岡市北山2-12-12
Visited on: 20-May-2018

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The first Fox Shrine I should find on my visit to Morioka, and the third Golden Fox Shrine I should find in Japan after #48 Anamori Inari Jinja and #94 Swazoushi Inari.

This one is surrounded by forest on three sides, with the Shrine Grounds containing a lake and countless Sakaki-trees, which are flowering evergreen trees sacred to the Shinto faith.

At only four vulpine Side Shrines, it falls short of what the other two golden Shrines have to offer, but it more than makes up by it with the serene splendour of the pristine scenery.

The main Shrine already has a total of 12 foxes attending inside and out, and the Side Shrines should only serve to further the vulpine total until I just stop counting and acknowledge the number of foxes around here as "many".

Incidentally, this Shrine is located just next to Kitsunemori (狐森 "Fox Forest").
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 28 2018, 06:26 PM
#159

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 榊山稲荷神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sakakiyama Inari Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Sakakai Mountain Inari Shrine)
Location: 〒020-0061 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Kitayama, 2 Chome−12, 盛岡市北山2-12-12
Visited on: 20-May-2018

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The first of the four vulpine Side Shrines of Sakakiyama Inari Jinja. Two crudely carved but definitely recognizable as such foxes stand beside it.

This one is one of maybe eight different types of Shrines on the slope leading up to the Kanedsukuri Jinja Side Shrine, which is going to be the next Shrine in this list.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 30 2018, 03:34 AM
#160

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Original Name: 金殖神社
Transcript: Kanedsukuri Jinja
Translation: Gold Multiplying Shrine
Location: 〒020-0061 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Kitayama, 2 Chome−12, 盛岡市北山2-12-12
Visited on: 20-May-2018

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The second of the four vulpine Side Shrines of Sakakiyama Inari Jinja, standing at the top end of a hillside littered with other little Shrines, and watched over by a pair of foxes.

This once is one of those uncommon Shrines that are not Inari Shrines, but are watched over by foxes nonetheless. I guess the vulpine influence is spreading, and soon they will be watching over ALL the shrines! MUAHAHAHAH!!!
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Aug 30 2018, 06:34 PM
#161

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 榊山稲荷神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Sakakiyama Inari Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Sakakai Mountain Inari Shrine)
Location: 〒020-0061 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Kitayama, 2 Chome−12, 盛岡市北山2-12-12
Visited on: 20-May-2018

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The third of the four vulpine Side Shrines of Sakakiyama Inari Jinja.

I was actually not sure whether or not to nominate Sakakiyama Inari Jinja as one of the golden Fox Shrines, until I came across this little Side Shrine, that is.

One glance at it tells me that we have a winner. I don't even bother trying to count the many, many foxies around here. The result would be the same every time anyway. I concede defeat at the paws of these cute little foxes and proceed to having a squealing fox-gasm.

I don't think there's quite as many foxes her as in #52 Anamoriinari Okunomiya, but at the very least we have a solid second place here.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 01 2018, 03:10 AM
#162

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Original Name: 緑風苑
Transcript: Ryokufuuen
Translation: Early Summer Breeze Garden
Location: 〒020-0061 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Kitayama, 2 Chome−12, 盛岡市北山2-12-12
Visited on: 20-May-2018

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The last of the four vulpine Side Shrines of Sakakiyama Inari Jinja.

Located literally right next to #161, these two foxies pale in comparison to the huge skulk residing next door. However, they are still adorably cute.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 01 2018, 06:14 PM
#163

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Original Name: 南部稲荷神社
Transcript: Nanbu Inari Jinja
Translation: Southern  Part Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0023
Visited on: 20-May-2018

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The final vulpine Shrine I should find in Morioka.

This one is actually a Side Shrine of Sakurayama Jinja (桜山神社 "Cherry MountainShrine"), which is located at the northern end of the Morioka Castle Grounds, and only a short walk away from Ishiwarizakura, the stone-breaking cherry tree.

Don't expect to see a castle around here though. Tragically, the castle burned down not even two years after its lengthy construction finally completed, and was never rebuilt. The extensive fortifications are all that remain, and form a nice park today.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 03 2018, 10:13 AM
#164

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Original Name: 豊川稲荷札幌別院
Transcript: Toyokawa Inari Sapporo Betsuin
Translation: Bountiful River Inari Sapporo Branch
Location: 4 Chome Minami 7 Jonishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0807
Visited on: 21-May-2018

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The first vulpine Shrine I should find in Sapporo, and quite possibly the one with the most foxes in this city. Also, this should be the first vulpine Shrine I would find off Honshu, and on Hokkaido.

Two foxes stand guard outside, and  13 more are to be found within. Most notable, however, are the two big fox statues flaking the altar on the inside. I didn't see any fox statues of this proportion yet, not even the ones at #114 Anamori Inari Jinja were quite this big.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 04 2018, 05:55 PM
#165

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Original Name: 稲荷大明神
Transcript: Inari Oomyouin
Translation: Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 4 Chome Minami 7 Jonishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0807
Visited on: 21-May-2018

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A Side Shrine of Toyokawa Inari Sapporo Betsuin.

Two foxes faithfully watch over this Shrine, which in an unusually modern fashion is protected from rain and snow by a metal roof.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 05 2018, 05:58 AM
#166

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Original Name: ? (Private Shrine)
Transcript: ? (Private Shrine)
Translation: ? (Private Shrine)
Location: 14 Chome-1-7 Minami 10 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0810
Visited on: 23-May-2018

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A little private Inari Shrine I should spy over a fence while walking from a supermarket to a coin laundry.

Incredulously, even though I should later spent a full month in Sapporo, this would be the last vulpine Shrine I should find in the city. I attribute this to a combination of three factors that I like to call "being busy", "Sapporo having poor public transport and me not having a bicycle to get around" and "the Shrine density on Hokkaido is significantly lower than on Honshu".
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 05 2018, 03:53 PM
#167

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 〒070-0038 Hokkaidō, Asahikawa-shi, 8 Jōdōri, 7 Chome−5
Visited on: 24-May-2018

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The first vulpine Shrine I should find in Asahikawa on a trip to the north.

According to my local host, this district once used to be a brothel, and the courtesans venerated Inari to keep them from harm.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 07 2018, 04:32 AM
#168

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Original Name: 伏見稲荷神社
Transcript: Fushimi Inari Jinja
Translation: Prostrated Hopes Inari Shrine
Location: 〒079-8442 Hokkaido, Asahikawa, Ryutsudanchi 2 Jo, 1 Chome
Visited on: 26-May-2018

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The second and already the last vulpine Shrine I should find in Asahikawa.

Three little foxes reside in this cute little structure on an undeveloped plot of land.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 08 2018, 02:15 AM
#169

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of  高野山最北大師 真言寺)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of  Koyasansaihokudaishi Shingonji)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of  Tall Field Mountain Northernmost Great Teacher Mantra Temple)
Location: 〒097-0022 Hokkaidō, Wakkanai-shi, Chūō, 5 Chome−11
Visited on: 28-May-2018

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The only vulpine Shrine I should find in Wakkanai, the northernmost town of Japan, and with it quite possibly the northernmost vulpine Shrine in all of Japan.

It should also be the last fox Shrine I would find in May, as well as the last fox Shrine I should find for over a month due to my subsequent stay in Sapporo being mostly fox free, with the brief exception of seeing a live fox slink through the gardens of my  host family's home early one morning. The ravens loudly objected to the vulpine's presence, and eventually I got up to see what the ruckus was about, just in time to see the little fox jump over a fence and into the neighbours' garden.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 08 2018, 07:41 PM
#170

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Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?
Location: 〒091-0157 北海道北見市留辺蘂町花丘52-1
Visited on: 30-Jun-2018

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The only vulpine Shrine I should find in all of June, and the first vulpine Shrine I should see for over a month. It should make up for it by being one of the most special fox Shrines along my journey, on par with #150.

This one in located inside Kitami Kitakitsune Bokujou, Japan's other place where you can enter a half-hectare big fox run to be together with real foxes... and tanukis.

Naturally, I have also taken a video of this amazing place:
http://www.tri-tail.com/TravellingFoxBlog/Videos/03-08-026_KitamiKitakitsuneBokujouIntro.mp4

I've also got more pictures and videos on my travel blog in Book II ~ Chapter 8 ~ An East Side Story  (http://kiraresari.blogspot.com/2018/08/book-ii-chapter-8-east-side-story.html).
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 10 2018, 03:26 AM
#171

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Original Name: 伏見稲荷神社
Transcript: Fushimi Inari Jinja
Translation: Prostrated Hopes Inari Shrine
Location: 18-1 Higashiyamachō, Urahoro-chō, Tokachi-gun, Hokkaidō 089-5612
Visited on: 3-Jul-2018

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The first vulpine Shrine I should find in July, and definitely the easternmost one in Japan, for starting now, I'm only going west.

Unlike with #169, however, I'm almost certain that there have to be fox Shrines futher east than this - after all, there's still a whopping 15,000 km² east of here. I just didn't happen to come across them.

Also, in case you are wondering why there are so many Fushimi Inari Jinjas around... those are all branch Shrines of the famous Fushimi Inari Jinja in Kyoto. In Shinto Religion practice, a Kami can be "branched off" and carried to another Shrine by a priest. That new Shrine will then inherit the name of the parent Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 11 2018, 07:10 AM
#172

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Original Name: 歌別稲荷神社
Transcript: Utabetsu Inari Jinja
Translation: Separate SongInari Shrine
Location: 〒058-0202 Hokkaidō, Horoizumi-gun, Erimo-chō, Utabetsu, 250 番地
Visited on: 3-Jul-2018

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I should come upon this Inari Shrine going  nothwest after visiting cape Erimo.

This one holds special meaning to me, for on that very road, I should see a fox crossing from one side to the other, right between my car and an oncoming truck. Fortunately, it made  it to the other side unharmed. This should be the second time I should see a wild fox on Hokkaido, and the fifth time in all of my life.

Visiting this Shrine, I thank Oinarisama for the survival of the little fox in addition to my usual prayers.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 12 2018, 04:50 AM
#173

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Original Name: 千歳神社
Transcript: Chitose Jinja
Translation: Thousand Ages Shrine
Location: 1 Shinchō, Chitose-shi, Hokkaidō 066-0046
Visited on: 4-Jul-2018

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The one vulpine Shrine I should find in Chitose, and the final fox Shrine I should find on Hokkaido. Even though I was on this northernmost island of Japan for 6 weeks, I only found 10 vulpine Shrines altogether. I've found more than that in Tokyo in a single day!

Anyway, this one is a little bit special again  since the Shrine these two foxes watch above is not an Inari Shrine, but rather the main Shrine of Chitose City. Go foxes, go!
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 12 2018, 05:50 PM
#174

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: Takahata, Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture 028-7542
Visited on: 18-Jul-2018

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The first, vulpine Shrine I should find during my stay in remote, rural Appi-Kogen in the mountains of Iwate, located in the Tohoku Region of Honshu. It should also be the only one located in the rural area, while the others I would find while staying here should be discovered during trips to the somewhat nearby city of Morioka. There aren't any big foxes around, but eight little ones are huddling together deep inside next to the altar.

Shrines are sparse in this part of the land. Fortunately, my host kindly took me  on a ride around the countryside so I could visit some Shrines. Incidentally, despite having lived here for decades, she would later say that she never knew there were so many Shrines around here, and thanked me for teaching her something new about the place she calls her home.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 14 2018, 04:09 AM
#175

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 大宮神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Omiya Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Big Hall Shrine)
Location: 〒020-0866 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Motomiya, Ōmiya, 本宮大宮51
Visited on: 25-Jul-2018

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And we're back in Morioka again. This is still during my time in Appi-Kogen, yet my host should take me along a shopping trip to Morioka, during which I had some free time to explore the surroundings, and thus come across this Shrine.

This one is currently undergoing renovations. Luckily for me, the fox statues outside are already finished, shiny nice and new.

Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 14 2018, 09:58 PM
#176

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Original Name: 大宮稲荷神社
Transcript: Omiya Inari Jinja
Translation: Big Hall Inari Shrine
Location: 〒020-0866 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Motomiya, Ōmiya, 本宮大宮51
Visited on: 25-Jul-2018

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Apart from the Inari Shrine undergoing renovations, there is also a second Inari Shrine at Omiya Jinja. This one is freely accessible.

At least two dozen little foxes are hiding within, but it's hard to tell exactly how many because they're hiding really well.

Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 15 2018, 06:23 PM
Bonus Shrine: Horse #1

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Original Name: 御神馬殿
Transcript: Oshinmeiten
Translation: Honoured Sacred Horse Portable Shrine
Location: 〒020-0866 Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Motomiya, Ōmiya, 本宮大宮51
Visited on: 25-Jul-2018

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Yet another Side Shrine of Omiya Jinja. This one is located right next to Omiya Inari Jinja, and actually part of the same structure, like a different room in a two-gods Shrine.

There are quite a number of Horse Shrines here in the Iwate prefecture, but this one is the most equine one of all. The reason behind this local abundance is that during the Tokugawa Shogunate, this area of Japan was designated to breed the finest horses of all of Japan. As a result, it developed a horse-affine identity that lasts until this day.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 17 2018, 03:40 AM
#177

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Original Name: 川守稲荷神社
Transcript: Kawamori Inari Jinja
Translation: River Protector Inari Shrine
Location: 1 Morioka Ekimae Kitadōri, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0033
Visited on: 3-Aug2018

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I should find this Shrine during yet another trip to Morioka, this time with two other helpers to whom I introduced the passion of Shrine-hunting.

Actually, my best friend Robert and I must have walked right past this Shrine during my last visit to Morioka in May. However, we did not find because it's cleverly hidden beneath an office buildings, a sole, unobtrusive stone marker on the road side the only hint to its existence unless you know exactly where to look.

This is also another of the "Protector" shrines after #24 Shouichii Mizumori Inari Daimyoujin (Water Protector), #48 Anamori Inari Jinja (Cave Protector), #131 Uramori Inari Jinja (Beach Protector) and #133 Muramori Inari Jinja (Village Protector). In fact, thus far, of all the 547 Shrines and Temples I've visited thus far, the only Shrines bearing the "Protector"-Kanji 守 were Inari Shrines with foxes. I guess foxes must make good protectors.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 18 2018, 05:03 AM
#178

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Original Name: 大和稲荷神社
Transcript: Yamato Inari Jinja
Translation: Great Harmony Inari Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-18 Honchōdōri, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0015
Visited on: 3-Aug2018

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The last Inari Shrine I should find during my trip to Morioka, my stay in Appi-Kogen, and in the Tohoku Region.

During my entire stay in the Tohoku and Hokkaido region, I found only a few more vulpine Shrines than I did in Tokyo on a single day (both 19-4-2018 and 26-Apr-2018 featured 25 vulpine Shrines each). In exchange, there were live foxes to be found. From here on out, however, the vulpinely scarce times should gradually come to an end.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 19 2018, 02:47 AM
#179

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Original Name: 豊照稲荷神社
Transcript: Toyoteru Inari Jinja
Translation: Bountiful Illumination Inari Shrine
Location: 2545 Higashiminatomachidōri 1 Nochō, Chūō-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 951-8028
Visited on: 8-Aug-2018

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The only vulpine Shrine I should find in Niigata. Had I stayed longer, there would definitely have been more around for me to visit (I checked). But alas, I stayed only for a single night on my trip to the nearby island of Sado.

There are two foxes standing watch outside,  and another two hiding deep within the Shrine, which, ironically, is only very poorly illuminated.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 19 2018, 07:56 PM
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Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 21 2018, 03:32 AM
#180

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 4 Chome-2-25 Nishihonchō, Jōetsu-shi, Niigata-ken 942-0004
Visited on: 11-Aug-2018

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I should find this one as the result of a highly spontaneous stray around Naoetsu. Transferring from the ferry from Sado to the Railway, I had some (but not much) extra time, so I decided to go on a very brief exploration tour around the immediate surroundings, carrying all my belongings on my back. That's when I run into this little Inari Shrine, that is actually a Side Shrine of the much larger Yasaka Jinja  (三柱神社 "Three Pillars Shrine").

Two very weathered foxes stand guard outside, and only the most attentive observers will be able to spot the other two foxes, which are hidden inside.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 21 2018, 06:11 PM
#181

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Original Name: 正一位湯河原稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shouichii Yukawara Inari Oomyouin
Translation: Highest-Ranking Hot Water River Field Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 4 Chome-2-25 Nishihonchō, Jōetsu-shi, Niigata-ken 942-0004
Visited on: 20-Aug-2018

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The place I should stay in at Yudanaka should sure keep me busy. As such, it should only be over a week later that I finally get a chance to explore the surroundings.

I should come across this little vulpine Shrine completely  by chance - or maybe the paw of the goddess has guided me. Originally, I was planning to take a different route, but then, on a whim, I decided to turn into a  particular side street that would lead me directly to this little Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 23 2018, 07:04 AM
#182

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Original Name: 宮崎汞
Transcript: Gukiko
Translation: Hall Promontory Mercury
Location: 4 Hirao, Yamanouchi, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture 381-0401
Visited on: 20-Aug-2018

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The second and already last vulpine Shrine I should find in Yudanaka.

This one is well hidden in a stretch of greenery dividing two parts of the city. Judging by the cobwebs in the Torii, it has been some time since it has seen patronage.

Actually, on this green hill I should find wild Japanese Macaques - also known as Snow Monkeys. At first, I am careful not to scare them away, but then more and more arrive, and I decide to make a strategic withdrawal before they try to grab my shopping bag.

As for the name of this Shrine... I might be mistaken about the last Kanji (汞 "Mercury"), but the sign is so badly weathered that I can't properly make out the strokes, and I think this is still the closest approximate match.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 24 2018, 03:49 AM
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Original Name: 白山稲荷合殿神社
Transcript: Hakusan Inarigoudono Jinja
Translation: White Mountain Inari Meeting Temple Shrine
Location: Nanase Nakamachi Tsuruga, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture 381-0000
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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On my one exploration day in Nagano, I should find more vulpine Shrines than in the entire last month combined. This is the first of them.

This one is a Side Shrine of Nanase Kannonji (七瀬観音寺 "Seven Currents Kannon Temple"), and a total of ten little foxies are hiding within.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 24 2018, 06:22 PM
#184

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Original Name: 菊屋稲荷神社
Transcript: Kikuya Inari Jinja
Translation: Chrysanthemum House Inari Shrine
Location: Midorichō-1091 Tsuruga, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 381-0000
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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Quite possibly the foxiest Shrine in all of Nagano, and definitely the foxiest one I should find  during my stay here. I easily get a fox-gasm just being at this place.

The white porcelain foxes at the main altar - both inside and out - are also clearly the biggest ones of this typical design that I've seen thus far.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 26 2018, 02:53 AM
#185

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Original Name: 於菊稲荷社
Transcript: Yokiku Inari Yasiro
Translation: By the Chrysanthemum Inari Small-Shrine
Location: Toigoshomachi-1299 Tsuruga, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 381-0000
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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I should find this absolutely lovely little Inari Shrine in a tiny backroad of Toigoshomachi (問御所町 "Honourable Question Place Town").

The foxies are hidden deep within, behind not one but two sets of bars, and a bit of wire mesh, but if you look closely you can still make out a total of 14 of them.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 26 2018, 03:42 PM
#186

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Original Name: 田面稲荷神社
Transcript: Tazura Inari Jinja
Translation: Rice Field Surface Inari Shrine
Location: Tamachi Tsuruga, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture 380-0907
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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The last vulpine Shrine I should find before going into the Temple-District of Nagano, but certainly not the last one I should find in the entire city. Disappointingly, though, I should not find any fox Shrines in the district of Kitsune-Ike (狐池 "Fox Pond").
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 27 2018, 10:06 PM
#187

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Original Name: 深田稲荷社
Transcript: Fudaka Inari Yashiro
Translation: Muddy Rice Field Inari Small-Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-18-7 Hakoshimizu, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 380-0801
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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The northernmost fox Shrine I should find in Nagano, just at the northwestern end of the valley, before turning east towards Jouyama Doubutsuen (城山動物園 "Castle Mountain Zoo"), and eventually back south again.

This one is literally squeezed into a tiny little backyard, and is actually angled at a 90° angle to the path leading there from the Torii.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 28 2018, 05:29 PM
#188

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Original Name: 福生稲荷神社
Transcript: Fussa Inari Jinja
Translation: Lucky Life Inari Shrine
Location: Higashinomonchō-2554 Nagano, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 381-0000
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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A very nice vulpine Shrine I should find off the side of a park path, overlooking Nagano city from a little ledge.

Interestingly, some of the little fox statues are gilded, giving this place a special touch.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 29 2018, 05:26 PM
#189

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 福生稲荷神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Fussa Inari Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Lucky Life Inari Shrine)
Location: Higashinomonchō-2554 Nagano, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 381-0000
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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Yet another vulpine Shrine overlooking the city even closer to the ledge. The two big foxes watching over this one are already badly weathered.

Or should I count it as two? With these tiny Shrines it's always hard to decide. For now, I'll count it as one Shrine, since the two altars are behind a common Torii.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Sep 30 2018, 08:56 PM
#190

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Original Name: 正一位稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shouichii Inari Ooimyoujin
Translation: Highest Ranking Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: Higashinomonchō-2554 Nagano, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 381-0000
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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The second vulpine Side Shrine of Fussa Inari Jinja, overlooking the city. This one is located further away from the ledge, on the opposing hillside.

Once again I should stand before the conundrum of whether to count these two tiny Shrines right next to one another as two separate Shrines, or just as one. However, since they both share the same name, and since I've already counted two tiny Shrines as one just before, I guess it's only fair to count these two altars as one common Shrine as well.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 01 2018, 08:09 PM
#191

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Original Name: 樋下稲荷神社
Transcript: Hishita Inari Jinja
Translation: Beneath Water Pipe Inari Shrine
Location: 7 Chome-4 Miwa, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 380-0803
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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A little Inari Shrine hidden in the back roads of Nagano, only a short distance away from Zenkoujishita-Eki (善光寺下駅 "Beneath Virtuous Light Temple").

Two  weathered old foxes are vigilantly standing guard outside.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 03 2018, 04:31 AM
#192

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Original Name: 竹山稲荷神社
Transcript: Takeyama Inari Jinja
Translation: Bamboo Mountain Inari Shrine
Location: Nishitsurugamachi Tsuruga, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture 380-0907
Visited on: 23-Aug-2018

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The last Shrine with foxes that I should find during my stay in Nagano.

This one features a total of eight little foxes deep within. It's a little hard to see, but the careful observer will still be able to spot them.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 03 2018, 08:26 PM
#193

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Original Name: 稲荷大明神
Transcript: Inari Ommyoujin
Translation: Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: Wa-3-7 Wakuramachi, Nanao-shi, Ishikawa-ken 926-0175
Visited on: 27-Aug-2018

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The first, last, and only vulpine Shrine I should find in Nanao, specifically in the Onsen-Town Wakura-Onsen (和倉温泉 "Harmonious Storehouse Hot Spring"), and also the last fox Shrine I should find in August. With only 17 vulpine Shrines altogether, this month clearly ranks in the lower half of the spectrum.

Anyway, this one is located in the courtyard of the Kagaya Battei Matsu-no Oo(加賀屋別邸松乃碧 "Increasing Joy House Villa Pine Green") , and is freely accessible from the nearby road.

Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 04 2018, 09:08 PM
#194

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Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?
Location: 35°25'55.5"N 136°15'37.6"E (Nakanocho,中野町 Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture 529-0103 )
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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The first of many vulpine Shrines I should fin in September, and in (or at the very least near) Nagahama (長浜 "Long Beach"). This one is located north of the actual town, on the countryside, specifically near the village of Torahime (虎姫 "Tiger Princess").

A single small lone foxie stands watch over this tiny Shrine in the middle of the woods at the side of a hill. It doesn't even have a name. It just exists.

Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 05 2018, 05:20 PM
#195

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Original Name: 玉吉稲荷
Transcript: Gyokugitsu Inari Jinja
Translation: Joyful Jewel Inari Shrine
Location: 〒526-0022 Shiga-ken, Nagahama-shi, Nakayamachō, 5
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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The next vulpine Shrine I should find  on the Greater Nagahama Exploration Stray is already located well inside the actual city itself. From here on, the vulpine density should take a sharp increase.

A family of fearsome ferocious foxes fend off fiends from this Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 06 2018, 08:56 PM
#196

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Original Name: 勢上稲荷神社
Transcript: Zeijou Inaka Jinja
Translation: Superior Force Inaka Shrine
Location: 〒526-0051 Shiga-ken, Nagahama-shi, Ichinomiyachō, 5, 一の宮町629−4
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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This one should take some effort to find. It's next to a factory ground, and some of the roads around here are not public. Nonetheless, I should be able to find my way here thanks to the help of some friendly gate guards.

Actually, this is almost a little Shrine complex, with a total of 7 Shrines or Shrine-like places on a space of maybe 300m². Only two of them feature foxes though.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 07 2018, 04:47 PM
#197

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 勢上稲荷神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Zeijou Inaka Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Superior Force Inaka Shrine)
Location: 〒526-0051 Shiga-ken, Nagahama-shi, Ichinomiyachō, 5, 一の宮町629−4
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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After over half a year in Japan, it's getting harder and harder to find genuinely new impressions, and yet right here and now I should come across something that I had not seen anywhere else before.

This little Side Shrine is apparently dedicated solely to the stone image of a very beautiful anthropomorphic vixen. This is the very first time I've seen something like this at a Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 08 2018, 07:59 PM
#198

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Original Name: 峰高稲荷大神
Transcript: Houkou Inari Ookami
Translation: Tall Peak Inari Great Goddess
Location: 〒526-0052, 11-41-8 Shinzenchō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0052
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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A Side Shrine of  Hokou Inari Miya (峰高稲荷宮 "Tall Peak Inari Shrine"), found in  a back road of Nagahama.

A whopping total of 41 little foxes decorate this Shrine, including two golden ones, and one made of clay.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 09 2018, 07:23 PM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 峰高稲荷宮)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Hokou Inari Miya)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Tall Peak Inari Shrine)
Location: 〒526-0052, 11-41-8 Shinzenchō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0052
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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A tiny little side Shrine, I'm not even sure it deserves that name.

However, there are three foxies around, so I'm willing to make an exception for this one.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 10 2018, 08:31 PM
#200

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Original Name: 峰高稲荷宮
Transcript: Hokou Inari Miya
Translation: Tall Peak Inari Shrine
Location: 〒526-0052, 11-41-8 Shinzenchō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0052
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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The 200th Inari Shrine I should find in Japan, which should happen to be about 316km to the east, and a little bit to the south of the 100th, which was still in Tokyo.

A total of four foxes are to be found around this one, and then, naturally, there were the two vulpine Side Shrines above adding even more vulpinity to that place. It might not be a Golden Fox Shrine, but it is still nice.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 11 2018, 08:06 PM
#201

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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 5-1 Miyamaechō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0053
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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A little Inari Shrine in a side road of Nagahama, right next to a small channel.

The two foxes watching around this one are surrounded by fences. I wonder if that keeps the local cats away.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 12 2018, 05:29 PM
#202

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Original Name: 出世稲荷神社
Transcript: Shusse Inari Jinja
Translation: Success-In-Life Inari Shrine
Location: 6-37, 6 Minamigofukuchō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0058
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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A noteworthy Inari Shrine that combines a veritable onslaught of different mediums to display foxes. Apart from the "ordinary" fox statues in all sizes and colours, there is also a vulpine lampshade, as well as a stucco depicting two foxes beneath the roof.

This should be one of the few Shrines where I realise attempting to count the foxies would be pointless,  so I just label it as "many".
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 13 2018, 05:21 PM
#203

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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 国守神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Daimyo Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Country Protector Shrine)
Location: 10 Kōenchō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0065
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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A Side Shrine standing in a round of little Shrines in Nagahama's Houkouen (豊公園 "Bountiful Park") by the shore of Biwako (琵琶湖 "Glissando Lute Lake").

A total of six little foxies are hiding within, partially obscured by the other decorations, such as the divine bolts of lightning. Can you spot them all?
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 14 2018, 07:57 PM
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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 86 Shimosakahamachō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0047
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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The  southernmost vulpine Inari Shrine I should find so far and until further notice.

This one is a Side Shrine of Ryouchuji (良疇寺 "Good Companion Temple"), which prominently features a giant Kannon statue that can be seen all the way from across the lake.

Also, the name plaque above this Shrine is written in some sort of ancient script that does not even bear resemblance to modern day Kanji - except for being fiendishly complex.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 16 2018, 07:34 AM
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Original Name: 正一位 稲荷大神
Transcript: Shouichii Inari Ookami
Translation: Highest Ranking Inari Great Goddess
Location: 〒526-0033 Shiga-ken, Nagahama-shi, Hirakatachō, 730
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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A semi-public Inari Shrine. This one is located in he back-driveway of a company, but the gates are wide open, and the row of red Torii was simply to inviting for me to pass up.

No one got upset about me just walking in there, and as a reward for my daring bravery, I found two little foxies watching over this Shrine.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 17 2018, 05:53 AM
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 徳勝寺)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Tokushouji)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Benevolent Victory Temple)
Location: 872 Hirakatachō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0033
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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A little Side Shrine of a Buddhist temple.

This one is a little bit unusual, featuring an unequal number of foxes on the left and right side. Usually, there is one lefty fox for every rightie, at least in Shrines with a countable number of foxies such as this one.
Title: Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
Post by: Kira Resari on Oct 17 2018, 09:03 PM
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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 24-23 Asahichō, Nagahama-shi, Shiga-ken 526-0056
Visited on: 3-Sep-2018

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While  this one is located right next to Shingyouji (真行寺 "True Journey Temple"), it is a proper little Shrine of its own that is unrelated to the neighbouring Temple.

Two caged foxes watch over this Shrine. One of them is fearless, whilst the other is earless.