The Travelling Fox in Japan, A pilgrimage of sorts  (Read 58134 times)

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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #345 on: Feb 27 2019, 05:29 AM »
#335 BRONZE



Original Name: ?
Transcript: ?
Translation: ?
Location: 3 Chome-4 Kubo, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0045, Japan (34.411338, 133.209369)
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



A tiny nameless little fox Shrine by the side of the road.

And yet, it contains an amazing little trinket, a miniature Shrine not even 10cm high and with a great love for detail.

I have not seen anything like this anywhere in all of Japan, nor should I again in the months to come, making this tiny nondescript roadside Shrine noteworthy as a BRONZE Fox Shrine at the very least.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #346 on: Feb 28 2019, 05:54 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Jizou of 浄土寺)
Transcript: ? (Jizou of Joudoji)
Translation: ? (Jizou of Pure Earth Temple)
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



An unusual occurrence of foxes, not at a Shrine or Temple, but rather  at a Jizou. These little guardian deities of Buddhist origin can be seen all over Japan. On roadsides, in forests... everywhere.

This particular one is located,  among others of its kind, on the rather large Temple grounds of Joudoji, hidden behind a Shrine that worships Hachiman alongside two other deities.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #347 on: Mar 01 2019, 06:07 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Jizou of 浄土寺)
Transcript: ? (Jizou of Joudoji)
Translation: ? (Jizou of Pure Earth Temple)
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



A second Jizou also has a cute trio of foxies in attendance.

These two should notably be the only Jizou I would find on my journey that get to enjoy vulpine company.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #348 on: Mar 02 2019, 07:31 AM »
#338 SILVER



Original Name: 稲荷大明神, 稲守大明神
Transcript: Inari Oomyoujin, Inamori Oomyoujin
Translation: Inari Great Gracious Deity, Rice Protector Great Gracious Deity
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



Another Side Shrine of Joudoji, that acts like a hub of sorts for a number of additional fox Shrines.

In fact, the amount of foxes per square metre here is so high, that I am going to award this Side Shrine a SILVER Rank.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #349 on: Mar 03 2019, 05:41 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 稲荷大明神, 稲守大明神)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Oomyoujin, Inamori Oomyoujin)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Great Gracious Deity, Rice Protector Great Gracious Deity)
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



The first vulpine Side Shrine of Inamori Oomyoujin, located at the northern end of the file.

Only two little foxies stand watch here, but don't worry: It should yet get much, much foxier.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #350 on: Mar 04 2019, 01:54 PM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 稲荷大明神, 稲守大明神)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Oomyoujin, Inamori Oomyoujin)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Great Gracious Deity, Rice Protector Great Gracious Deity)
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



The second vulpine Side Shrine of Inamori Oomyoujin.

This one is already significantly more vulpine, and features size-10 porcelain fox guardians hidden behind the drapes. They are almost the same size as the fox stone guardians on the outside.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #351 on: Mar 05 2019, 05:14 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 稲荷大明神, 稲守大明神)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Oomyoujin, Inamori Oomyoujin)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Great Gracious Deity, Rice Protector Great Gracious Deity)
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



The third vulpine Side Shrine of Inamori Oomyoujin.

A total of five foxies stand watch here. I estimate their size categories as 2, 5 and 8.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #352 on: Mar 06 2019, 02:55 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 稲荷大明神, 稲守大明神)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Oomyoujin, Inamori Oomyoujin)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Great Gracious Deity, Rice Protector Great Gracious Deity)
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



The fourth vulpine Side Shrine of Inamori Oomyoujin, and the last Shrine down the line.

Easily the most foxy one of all, this is the one that made it clear for me that Inamori Oomyoujin earned SILVER Rank.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #353 on: Mar 07 2019, 10:33 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of高野大明神)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Takano Oomyoujin)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of High Field Great Gracious Deity)
Location: 20-28 Higashikubochō, Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0043
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



The fifth and final vulpine Side Shrine of Inamori Oomyoujin.

Technically, it is not a Side Shrine of Inamori Oomyoujin per se, but rather of the superordinate Takano Oomyoujin (making it more of a Sibling Shrine). But since it is smaller and still located only a few metres away from Inamori Oomyoujin, I will count it as one of the Shrines that makes the entirety a SILVER fox Shrine complex.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #354 on: Mar 08 2019, 05:46 AM »
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Original Name: 正一位吉瀧稲荷大明神
Transcript: Shouichii Yoshitaki Inari Oomyoujin
Translation: Highest Ranking Lucky Waterfall  Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: Japan, 〒722-0054 Hiroshima-ken, Onomichi-shi, Ozakihonmachi, 13 (34.411025, 133.209847)
Visited on: 16-Dec-2018



A tiny little Inari Shrine in a backroad, hidden perfectly from view except from a single angle. It should take me a while to find this one, even knowing it was there.

Two pairs of foxies watch over it. This should also the final vulpine Inari Shrine that I would find today and in Onomichi. It has been quite a big yield for a small town like this though.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #355 on: Mar 09 2019, 07:59 AM »
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Original Name: 稲荷神社
Transcript: Inari Jinja
Translation: Inari Shrine
Location: 〒729-2316 Hiroshima-ken, Takehara-shi, Tadanoumi Nakamachi, 4 Chome−2−35
Visited on: 18-Dec-2018



Located about 20km west of Onomichi is the seaside town of Tadanoumi (忠海 "Faithful Ocean") which serves as the gateway to Ookunoshima (大久野島 "Big Long Time Field Island"), also known as Rabbit Island for its abundance of lapine population.

Unsurprisingly, there  should not be any fox Shrines on the rabbit island. However, there is one to be found in Tadanoumi, which, together with its Side Shrines, sports a considerable vulpine population.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #356 on: Mar 10 2019, 03:42 PM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 稲荷神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Shrine)
Location: 〒729-2316 Hiroshima-ken, Takehara-shi, Tadanoumi Nakamachi, 4 Chome−2−35
Visited on: 18-Dec-2018



One of the two vulpine Side Shrines of above Inari Jinja.

Six little foxies make their home within this Shrine.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #357 on: Mar 11 2019, 06:05 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 稲荷神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Inari Shrine)
Location: 〒729-2316 Hiroshima-ken, Takehara-shi, Tadanoumi Nakamachi, 4 Chome−2−35
Visited on: 18-Dec-2018



The second vulpine Side Shrines of above Inari Jinja.

This one features the bare minimum of vulpinity, with only a single, broken foxie residing in the middle one of the three structures making up this Side Shrine.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #358 on: Mar 12 2019, 06:30 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 道通神社)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Michidoori Jinja)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Road Traffic Shrine)
Location: 〒729-2316 Hiroshima-ken, Takehara-shi, Tadanoumi Nakamachi, 4 Chome−2−35
Visited on: 20-Dec-2018



Moving east along the length of Honshu, this is the first vulpine Shrine I should find in Okayama (岡山 "Hill Mountain"), exploring the city together with a friend I met some time ago in Appi-Kogen on the other end of Honshu. Now our paths cross once more.

Two little foxies make this Side Shrine their home, and they are well nourished with a Mikan easily big enough to feed the two for weeks.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #359 on: Mar 13 2019, 07:00 AM »
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Original Name: 浄光稲荷, 富吉稲荷
Transcript: Joukou Inari, Fuukitsu Inari
Translation: Purifying Light Inari, Abounding Luck Inari
Location: 1-7 Banzanchō, Kita-ku, Okayama-shi, Okayama-ken 700-0818 (34.666237, 133.926678)
Visited on: 20-Dec-2018



A little vulpine Shrine located in a little back road right next to one of the biggest intersections in Okayama. Finding in should include a daring venture into a nondescript alley, much to the unease of my companion.

We are rewarded, though, with this Shrine abounding in vulpinity, featuring not also the common fox statues, but also the rarer fox lanterns.
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