The Travelling Fox in Japan, A pilgrimage of sorts  (Read 16082 times)

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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #30 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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #31 on: Apr 17 2018, 12:56 AM »
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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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #32 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



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!
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #33 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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #34 on: Apr 20 2018, 02:32 AM »
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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



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?
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #35 on: Apr 21 2018, 01:55 AM »
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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



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
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #36 on: Apr 22 2018, 02:52 AM »
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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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #37 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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #38 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



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).
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #39 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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #40 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



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, 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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #41 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



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.  :)
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #42 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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #43 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



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.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #44 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



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.
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