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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #285 on: Dec 28 2018, 05:33 PM »
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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 2 Chome-2-20 Tenjin, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0001
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



A Side Shrine of Kego Jinja (警固神社 "Hard Admonishment Shrine") right in the centre of Fukuoka, in the Tenjin (天神 "Heavenly God") district.

This one is distinctive for its multitude of vastly different Torii, and also features quite the selection of more homogeneous foxies. The dark ceramic foxes on the outside meanwhile are one of a kind thus far.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #286 on: Dec 29 2018, 06:42 PM »
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Original Name: 宇賀神社
Transcript: Uka Jinja
Translation: Harvest & Wealth Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



One of nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine"), which only narrowly escapes being named one of the Golden Fox Shrines due to not featuring any foxes itself. Instead, I am going to give Kurose Jinja the complimentary honour of being named a Silver Fox Shrine.

While not an Inari Shrine, this little Side Shrine is still "officially" connected with foxes, as both white Snakes and Foxes are being seen as protectors of the harvests, and as such can often be seen as guardians of Uka Shrines.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #287 on: Dec 30 2018, 06:10 PM »
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Original Name: 白玉神社
Transcript: Shiradama Jinja
Translation: White Jewel Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The second of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine").

Two pairs of little foxes, one white, one gold, are hiding behind the laurel branch at this tiny Side Shrine.

By the way, do you see the area immediately to the north of these Shrines? All of that is reclaimed land that was gradually stolen from the sea  over the course of three centuries. Back in 1732, Kurose Jinja was located right at the shore of a shallow coastline, thus explaining its name.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #288 on: Dec 31 2018, 07:24 PM »
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Original Name: 末廣神社
Transcript: Mashikou Jinja
Translation: Broad Tip Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The third of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine").

Once again, the apparently local tradition of this Shrine to pair a pair of golden foxes with a pair of white ones continues.

Also, it deserves to be noted that maybe due to the close proximity to the sea, the, Torii at this and some of the other Side Shrines are not made of wood (nor stone) but rather metal.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #289 on: Jan 01 2019, 06:49 PM »
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Original Name: 宗賀神社
Transcript: Shuuga Jinja
Translation: Religious Celebration Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The fourth of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine").

The name of this little Side Shrine is already old and worn, and I have some  difficulty deciphering it. However, I am now reasonably certain that I've got it right.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #290 on: Jan 03 2019, 05:00 AM »
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Original Name: 荒波大明神
Transcript: Aranami Oomyoujin
Translation: Wild Waves Great Gracious Deity
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The fifth of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine").

This one is populated by all golden foxies, who spend all their days sitting inside the Shrine,  reflecting.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #291 on: Jan 03 2019, 07:09 PM »
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Original Name: 杉森神社
Transcript: Sugimori Jinja
Translation: Cedar Forest Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The sixth of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine").

In contrast to the last, all-golden Side Shrine, this one houses four pairs of white foxies.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #292 on: Jan 04 2019, 06:29 PM »
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Original Name: 月丸神社
Transcript: Tsukimaru Jinja
Translation: Moon Circle Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The seventh of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine").

This one is actually located a few steps up the hillside, and features and alternating array of white and golden foxies.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #293 on: Jan 05 2019, 06:25 PM »
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Original Name: 月丸神社
Transcript: Tsukimi Jinja
Translation: Moon View Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The eight of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine"), and definitely the smallest one.

Befittingly, this one is located perpendicular to Tsukimaru Jinja, and naturally it also houses an array of golden and white foxies next to the divine mirror.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #294 on: Jan 06 2019, 06:00 PM »
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Original Name: 竹石神社; 中山神社; 小櫻神社
Transcript: Takeishi Jinja; Nakayama Jinja; Kozakura Jinja
Translation: Bamboo Rock Shrine; Middle Mountain Shrine; Small Cherry Tree Shrine
Location: 3 Chome-9 Minato, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0075
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The last of the nine vulpine Side Shrines of Kurose Jinja (黒瀬神社 "Black Shallows Shrine").

This Shrine enshrines a total of three Kami, which is not an uncommon practice in Japan. In  fact, I can recall seeing singulary Shrines enshrining up to seven Kami, and there might have been some with up to nine (though I'm not too sure about that).

Either way, the foxes in here are all white, also the paint seems to have faded from the middle pair, leaving them in their natural brown color.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #295 on: Jan 07 2019, 04:42 PM »
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Original Name: 孫太郎稲荷神社
Transcript: Magatarou Inaka Jinja
Translation: Hellgammite Inari Shrine
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The fifth Golden Fox Shrine I should visit during my stay in Japan.

This one is located squat atop of Nishikouen, just up a slope from Kurose Jinja actually.

The main Shrine is already quite foxy, but its true vulpinity lies in the stupendous amount of vulpine Side Shrines around here.

If you don't want me to list each of the many many many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja individually, let me know. Otherwise, the remainder of this Month will pretty much be filled with posts about those. =^,^=
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #296 on: Jan 08 2019, 07:19 PM »
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Original Name: 荒木稲荷神社
Transcript: Araki Inari Jinja
Translation: Wild Tree Inari Shrine
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The first of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja. This one is located to the right and behind the main Shrine.

Incidentally, this place currently seems to be undergoing repairs from damages caused by a more or less recent natural disaster, as such some of the Side Shrines are in bad condition or outright demolished, and I should have to step around the diligent people working hard to get this place back in shape again.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #297 on: Jan 09 2019, 06:38 PM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 孫太郎稲荷神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Magatarou Inaka Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Hellgammite Inari Shrine)
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The second of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja. This one is the leftmost vulpine Shrine in a row located behind the main Shrine

The divine mirror has gone missing from the pedestal, but that won't deter the fourteen little foxes from faithfully watching over this place.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #298 on: Jan 10 2019, 05:55 PM »
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Original Name: 千代姫大明神
Transcript: Sendaihime Oomyoujin
Translation: Thousand Years Princess Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The third of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, located directly next to the above one.

Two little foxies faithfully stand watch over this Shrine.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #299 on: Jan 12 2019, 05:54 AM »
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Original Name: 白髪稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shiraga Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: White Hair Great Gracious Deity
Location: 13-10 Nishikōen, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 810-0061
Visited on: 25-Oct-2018



The fourth of many vulpine Side Shrines of Magatarou Inaka Jinja, located directly next to the above one.

This one features the unusual odd number of foxes: Three of them, each in a different size.

By the way, here is how the foxes come to these Shrines: They are effectively tokens of prayer, and are on sale at certain Shrine offices. Then, people can put them in front of a shrine of their choosing, and it doesn't even  have to be an Inari Shrine. Since the foxes are usually sold as a pair of one female (the left one) and one male (the right one), they are usually placed at a Shrine together. The foxes also come in numbered sizes, with "1" being the smallest. I'm not perfectly sure, but estimating, I'd say the ones at this Shrine are sizes 1, 3 and 8.
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