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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #420 on: May 14 2019, 01:06 AM »
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Original Name: ?天大龍神, ?郎大明神, ?大明神, ?佃大龍神
Transcript: ?ten Dairyuujin, ?ro Daimyoujin, ? Daimyoujin, ?ten Dairyuujin
Translation: ? Heaven Great Dragon God, ? Son Great Gracious Goddess, ? Great Gracious Goddess, ? Cultivated Rice Field Great Dragon God
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 45/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #53 of Inariyama.

This is the first Shrine I've seen dedicated to a pair of great dragon gods. Nonetheless it is watched over by a pair of foxes.

However, regrettably the Torii are positioned so close to the Ookami stone that the first kanji(s) of all the names are cut off. One would need a periscope of sorts to properly look at them.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #421 on: May 14 2019, 11:44 PM »
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Original Name: 高吉大神++
Transcript: Kouji Ookami++
Translation: High Fortune Great Goddess (and several 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 46/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #54 of Inariyama.

Another vulpine Shrine with badly worn inscriptions. Fortunately I can make out at least one of them.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #422 on: May 16 2019, 12:41 AM »
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Original Name: 御釼大神, 玉吉大神, 白神大神, 福一大神, 玉米大神, 玉光力大神++
Transcript: Goken Ookami, Tamakichi Ookami, Shiragami Ookami, Fukuichi Ookami,Tamamai Ookami, Tamamitsuryoku Ookami++
Translation: Honorable Sword Great Goddess, Fortune Jewel Great Goddess, White God Great Goddess, Lucky One Great Goddess, Rice Jewel Great Goddess, Light Jewel Power Great Goddess (and several 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 47/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #55 of Inariyama.

This one is the final vulpine Shrine of the eastern segment of Kuhouboutaki. Once again, it sports the names of many, many deities, not all of which I can decipher.

It also features two little sacred pots, which are powerful symbols of good fortune, even if the representation in form of a two-dimensional symbol can easily be misinterpreted as a pile of poo.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #423 on: May 17 2019, 11:48 AM »
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Original Name: 吉高大神
Transcript: Yoshitaka Ookami
Translation: High Fortune 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 48/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #56 of Inariyama.

The first shrine of the southern and last segment of Kuhouboutaki. By now my head is buzzing from all the foxes, and my camera is already rehearsing its death rattle.

This one is probably the cutest in terms of vulpine attendence thus far. Just a big stone with two little foxes.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #424 on: May 18 2019, 01:05 AM »
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Original Name: 光森大神, 薬光大明神, 福王大明神
Transcript: Koumori Ookami, Yakukou Daimyoujin, Fukuoo Daimyoujin
Translation: Light Forest Great Goddess, Medical Light Great Gracious Deity, Fortune King Great Gracious Deity
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 49/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #57 of Inariyama.

One of the more proper little side Shrines, with moss-covered vulpine guardians watching faithfully over it.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #425 on: May 19 2019, 12:55 AM »
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Original Name: 長龍姫王
Transcript: Chouryuuhimeou
Translation: Long Dragon Princess 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 50/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #58 of Inariyama.

Another Shrine with an unusual name, and the usual pair of foxes.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #426 on: May 20 2019, 12:14 AM »
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Original Name: 椎太未大神, 末廣大神
Transcript: Shiifutomi Ookami, Suehiro Ookami
Translation: Not-thick Mallet Great Goddess, Spacious Tip 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 51/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #59 of Inariyama.

The light of the still rising sun lets one of the foxes watching over this Shrine cast a wonderfully vulpine shadow on it, making it seem like a third fox is watching over the place.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #427 on: May 21 2019, 12:18 AM »
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Original Name: 盛大神
Transcript: Mori Ookami
Translation: Prosperity 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 52/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #60 of Inariyama.

The Kanji of this Shrine is the same as the first Kanji of Morioka in Touhoku, which I visited twice earlier during my journey. Also note that I think it's possible that there might be another Kanji before 盛. However, with the Torii so close to the Ookami stone, there's no way to tell.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #428 on: May 21 2019, 11:52 PM »
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Original Name: 福永大神
Transcript: Fukue Ookami
Translation: Eternal Fortune 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 53/56 of Kuhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #61 of Inariyama.

A lone fox wathes over this Shrine. His mate is gone with the wind.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #429 on: May 23 2019, 01:00 AM »
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Original Name: 御祖大神, 白菊大神, 弘法大神,
Transcript: Goso Ookami, Shiragiku Ookami, Guhou Ookami
Translation: Honorable Ancestor Great Goddess, White Chrysanthemum Great Goddess, Spreading Buddhist Teachings 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 54/56 of Guhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #62 of Inariyama.

This is the first Shrine you see when entering Guhouboutaki (note: I got the name slightly wrong earlier) from the street side. Not the first one you pass by the side, but the one that stands straight in front of you.

It is also another interesting example of the harmony between Shintoism and Buddhism here in Japan, having a Shinto Shrine that promotes Buddhist Teachings. The western equivalent would probably be somethink like having a statue of Martin Luther standing in a Catholic Church.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #430 on: May 24 2019, 10:39 AM »
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Original Name: 鷹姫大神
Transcript: Takahime Ookami
Translation: Hawk Princess 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 55/56 of Guhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #63 of Inariyama.

I have to specutlate about the name of this one, since the Kanji written on the small red Torii looks like 鷹, but without the small 亻 beneath the 广 and next to the 隹. It could be an old variant of 鷹, or maybe the monk who wrote it simply forgot about it. Not that I would blame him. At 24 strokes, the Kanji 鷹 (hawk) is way up there on the difficulty scale, and one of the ten Kanji with the most strokes that are still in relatively common use.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #431 on: May 25 2019, 01:07 AM »
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Original Name: 重氏大神
Transcript: Omoshi Ookami
Translation: Heavy Clan Great Goddess
Location: 27 Fukakusa Sasayamachō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0811 (34.965511, 135.780671)
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



And finally, the last Vulpine Side Shrine of Guhouboutaki, and Vulpine Shrine #64 of Inariyama.

It is also the first Vulpine Shrine you'd come across when entering Guhouboutaki from the roadside, but that never happens, since the road leading to it is a pretty remote backroad (yeah, Kyoto has these too).

Also take note of the sacred vessel standing in front of the Shrine (the little drop-shaped pot).
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #432 on: May 26 2019, 12:25 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 青木大神)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Aoki Ookami)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Blue (Green) Tree Great Goddess)
Location: 〒612-0812 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Fushimi-ku, Fukakusa Bōyamachō, 48
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 1/16 of Aoki Ookami, and Vulpine Shrine #65 of Inariyama.

A little distance further through the wooded hillside of Inariyama, and I stand in front of the next Komugen, which this time around goes by the name of Aoki Ookami. A point of note here: 青 (Ao) is usually translated as "blue", but it is more of a green-blue. For example, the green of traffic lights is referred to as Ao in Japan, even though it is the same color as in the Western World. Also, Ao is usually used to indicate fresh growth or fresh vegetables, so this would be a Shrine dedicated to a tree with fresh leaves.

I stand in front of that sign for a long time, deciding on whether I should risk entering since I am clearly a worshipper.

In the end I decide not to since I also intend to take pictures. As it is, I only take them from the outside. Even without entering th Shrine Grounds, I would still come across quite a number of Vulpine Side Shrines here. Unfortunately, shooting from a distance and angles, I can't always make out the names of the Shrines, such as with this one.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #433 on: May 27 2019, 12:34 AM »
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Original Name: ? (Side Shrine of 青木大神)
Transcript: ? (Side Shrine of Aoki Ookami)
Translation: ? (Side Shrine of Blue (Green) Tree Great Goddess)
Location: 〒612-0812 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Fushimi-ku, Fukakusa Bōyamachō, 48
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 2/16 of Aoki Ookami, and Vulpine Shrine #66 of Inariyama.

Another forbidden Shrine to deep inside Aoki Ookami that I can actualy reach it, but I can see it from all the way across the yard, together, with the two foxes standing watch over it.

Wish that I was a fox and cross that human barrier on all fours. I'm sure no one would mind.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #434 on: May 28 2019, 12:45 AM »
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Original Name: 末吉大神, 末廣大神, 岩大神
Transcript: Suekichi Ookami, Suehiro Ookami, Iwa Okami
Translation: Good Luck To Come Great Goddess, Spacious Tip Great Goddess, Boulder Great Goddess
Location: 〒612-0812 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Fushimi-ku, Fukakusa Bōyamachō, 48
Visited on: 25-Dec-2018



Vulpine Side Shrine 3/16 of Aoki Ookami, and Vulpine Shrine #67 of Inariyama.

This and the following ones are graciously located around the rim of Aoki Ookami, so even though I'm not allowed to enter the Shrine Grounds, I can still pay my respects at this long row of vulpine Shrines.
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