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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #375 on: Mar 30 2019, 06:44 AM »
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Original Name: 玉姫社
Transcript: Tamahimesha
Translation: Jewel Princess Shrine
Location: Inariyamakanyuchi, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto, Präfektur Kyōto 612-0804, Japan (34.967327, 135.775908)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



A Shrine in the middle of the woods of Inariyama, a good distance off the Endless Torii Corridor. Purce chance and vulpine curiosity brought me here.

This is a unique place where four foxes guard the corner of an elevated square roughly ten metres each side, housing dozens of unenshrined Kami tablets.

Also, with this one, I now have one Shrine for every day of the year, accounting for leap years.

I should probably have stopped there, but I did not. The result would be an infinity ofFox Shrines that is yet to follow.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #376 on: Mar 31 2019, 01:48 AM »
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Original Name: 白龍大神++
Transcript: Shirotatsu Ookami++
Translation: White Dragon Great Goddess (and some others)
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



And so it begins... the first Shrine of Komugen (狐無限 "Fox Infinity").

I walk down a back path through a bamboo forest to get here. Lured by Geocaches, I instead find a glade full of Fox Shrines, centered around a Temple by the name of Kuhouboutaki (弘法々瀧 "Spreading Buddhist Teachings Waterfall), the amount of vulpinity around here would be enough to warrant a GOLDEN ranking on its own, but I should come across just so many more places like this on my tour around Inariyama that giving each of them a GOLDEN ranking would sort of ruin the system. As such I decide to include all the vulpine Shrines I find on Inariyama under the roof of the CRYSTAL ranked Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Anyway, this is only the first of a total of 56 vulpine Shrines that I should find in this glade alone.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #377 on: Apr 01 2019, 01:40 AM »
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Original Name: 末廣大神++
Transcript: Mashikou Ookami++
Translation: Broad Tip Great Goddess (and some others)
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 2/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #10 of Inariyama.

The interesting thing here is that all of these are unenshrined Kami, and most of the time there are multiple per Shrine, almost all of them attended by at least a pair of foxes.

By the way, I have already seen another Mashikou Shrine at Fukuoka, at the Silver Fox Shrine near Nishikouen, but I still don't know what it means. Maybe I'l lbe able to figure it out some day...
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #378 on: Apr 02 2019, 04:35 AM »
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Original Name: 熊五郎大神
Transcript: Kumagorou Ookami
Translation: Bear Five Sons Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 3/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #11 of Inariyama.

This Shrine is one of the more elaborate ones, featuring even a tiny stone Shrine behind the pair of guardian foxes.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #379 on: Apr 03 2019, 12:45 AM »
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Original Name: ??大神
Transcript: ? Ookami
Translation: ? Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 4/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #12 of Inariyama.

A weathered old Ookami is the heart of this minimalistic Side Shrine attended by a more recent pair of foxes.

It's age becomes apparent not only by the fact that the first kanji of its name is weathered so badly that I can't make it out on either the stone nor the stone plaque on the Torii, but also because I can't decipher the second Kanji despite it being a simple combination. However, all current dictionaries agree: There is no such Kanji today. It must be quite old indeed.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #380 on: Apr 04 2019, 02:16 AM »
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Original Name: 曇辨財天
Transcript: Kumo Benzaiten
Translation: Cloud Benzaiten
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 5/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #13 of Inariyama.

A Shrine dedicated to Benzaiten, the goddess of music, knowledge and everything that flows, attended by a pair of foxes.

Once again, I could not decipher the inscription on its own, but when combined with the triforce-like symbol, which I have learned to recognize as the symbol of Benzaiten, I am able to piece together the Kanji as one of the possible writings for "Benzaiten".
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #381 on: Apr 05 2019, 12:13 PM »
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Original Name: 菊丸大神+
Transcript: Kikumaru Ookami+
Translation: Chrysanthemum Circle Great Goddess (and another one)
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 6/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #14 of Inariyama.

Three foxes watch over this Shrine. Sadly, one has already lost his tail.

There's also another deity enshrined ere, but sadly I can't completely decipher its name (?丸大神).
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #382 on: Apr 06 2019, 03:48 AM »
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Original Name: 立龍大神, 白菊大神, 天?大神
Transcript: Ritsuryuu Ookami, Shirokiku Ookami, Ten? Ookami
Translation: Standing Dragon Great Goddess, White Chrysanthemum Great Goddess, Heavenly ? Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 7/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #15 of Inariyama.

Three unenshrined Kami guarded by two foxes. This time around, there is only one undecipherable Kanji - once again it appears to be to old to be listed in contemporary dictionaries.

For size reference: The coins that someone (not me) place atop the foxes heads are 10-Yen coins, about one inch in diameter.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #383 on: Apr 08 2019, 12:31 AM »
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Original Name: 白龍大神
Transcript: Byakuryuu Ookami
Translation: White Dragon Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 8/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #16 of Inariyama.

A slightly more substantial Side Shrine with its own roof.

Despite being a dragon Shrine, there are still foxes watching over it. I guess they call that networking. Or maybe its part of a spiritual exchange programme?
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #384 on: Apr 08 2019, 12:32 PM »
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Original Name: 王光 大神++
Transcript: Ookou Ookami++
Translation: Royal Light Great Goddess (and some others)
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 9/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #17 of Inariyama.

This Shrine features a rare sight: Kitsune and Komainu side by side, watching over the Shrine together.

Once again the names of the Shrine are weathered so badly that I can only make out one of them.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #385 on: Apr 09 2019, 12:39 AM »
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Original Name: 金龍大神, 豊玉大神, 道了六薩埵, 權六夫大神, 白光大神
Transcript: Kinryuu Ookami, Toyodama Ookami, Douryou Mutsusatta, Kenmutsuo Ookami, Hakkou Ookami
Translation: Golden Dragon Great Goddess, Bountiful Jewel Great Goddess, Completed Road Six Bodhisattvas, Authoritran Six Husbands Great Goddess, White Light Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 10/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #18 of Inariyama.

This is one of the two Shrines located at the very westernmost end of the first Koumugen. The bamboo trees for a fantastic backdrop against the unenshrined Kami.

Also, for once I can read all of the names on the stones instead of only one or two.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #386 on: Apr 10 2019, 11:58 AM »
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Original Name: 龍王大神, 白瀧大神++
Transcript: Ryuuoo Ookami, Shirotaki Ookami++
Translation: Dragon King Great Goddess, White Waterfall Great Goddess (and some others)
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 11/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #19 of Inariyama.

The other of the two Shrines located at the very westernmost end of the first Koumugen. Four foxes watch over this draconic Shrine.

Once again, I am unable to decipher al lthe weathered Kanji. However, there is something noteworthy about those that I can decipher: Namely, the Kanji for Waterfall is equal to the Kanji for Dragon, plus the Water-Radical. This  even works in both the simple and the complex forms!

竜 + 氵 = 滝
龍 + 氵 = 瀧
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #387 on: Apr 11 2019, 01:32 AM »
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Original Name: 狸谷不動明王, 末高大明神++, 天理王尊, ?水不動明王, 末広大神, 六大?王
Transcript: Tanukidani Fudoumyouoo, Matsukou Oomyoujin, Tenri Ootakashi, ?sui Fudoumyouoo, Suehiro Ookami, Mutsuou ?oo
Translation: Tanuki Valley Unmoving Radiant King (Acala), High Tip Great Gracious Deity, Heavenly Principles Revered King, ? Water Acala, Becoming Prosperous Great Goddess, Six Great ? King
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 12/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #20 of Inariyama.

Foxes and Komainu side by side watch over this Shrine that also revers Tanuki.

There's quite a lot of unenshrined Ookami here, and I can almost decipher all their names. Almost!
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #388 on: Apr 12 2019, 12:46 PM »
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Original Name: 白姫大神, 白梅大神, 梅幸大神, 荒木大神, 荒熊大神
Transcript: Shirohime Ookami, Shiroume Ookami, Umesachi Ookami, Araki Ookami, Arakuma Ookami
Translation: White Princess Great Goddess, White Plum Great Goddess, Plum Fortune Great Goddess, Rough Wood Great Goddess, Wild Bear Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 13/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #21 of Inariyama.

This one is the last vulpine Shrine of the western segment of Kuhouboutaki.

Apparently, they only had a budget for 9 different Kanji for this Shrine, and still managed to stretch it over 5 different Ookami.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #389 on: Apr 13 2019, 01:01 AM »
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Original Name: 御龍大神
Transcript: Goryuu Ookami
Translation: Honorable Dragon Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
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Vulpine Side Shrine 14/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #22 of Inariyama.

This is the first Vulpine Shrine of the central segment of Kuhouboutaki, this one featuring a pair of really mossy old foxes guarding a really mossy old Ookami that is inscribed in a really old font. Fortunately, the little red torii repeats the name in a more legible style.

I am already overwhelmed with the sheer vulpine presence here and in the middle of a proper fox-gasm, and yet it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
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