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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #525 on: Aug 30 2019, 11:26 AM »
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Original Name: 竹中稲荷神社
Transcript: Takenaka Inari Jinja
Translation: In the Middle of Bamboo Inari Shrine
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



The first Fox Shrine I should find on the Daimonjiyama Reverse Stray on 3-Jan-2019.

This one is a good deal to the north, and over 6km away from Fushimi Inari Taisha on a forested green hill in the middle of the city. As such, it could technically qualify as a Golden Fox Shrine, but for that, there are not quite enough foxes around. Still, it does feature an impressive amount of Fox Side Shrines which I am subsequently going to cover, so I want to give it a special mention at the very least.

Also, this Shrine probably wins the "Hook, Line and Sinker"-award, for first I only notice the back entrance in the very north, on the other side of a huge road. Knowing by now that red Torii very likely entail foxes, I proceed to the next crossing, cross over to the other side, climb the 50m high hill and keep on going for half a kilometre along the twisted paths of the Yoshidayama Ryokuchi (吉田山緑地 "Fortunate Field Mountain Green Space"), and eventually emerge in the middle of this Shrine. Later on I should depart through the front entrance, but first, there's quite a bunch more Fox Shrines to be had here.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #526 on: Aug 31 2019, 12:31 AM »
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Original Name: 竹釼稲荷神社
Transcript: Chikuken Inari Jinja
Translation: Bamboo Sword Inari Shrine
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Fox Shrine 1/8 of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

This one is the furthest in, and as such is also the first one I encountered since I'm effectively coming from the back.

It also has the biggest number of foxes, even if they are just a little bit asymmetrical.

By the way, the 稲 of Inari is written a bit unusually in this case, but by now I've been to enough Inari Shrines that I recognize the Kanji even if it's written with variations.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #527 on: Sep 01 2019, 01:19 AM »
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Original Name: 白菊大明神
Transcript: Shiragiku Inari Daimyoujin
Translation: White Chrysanthemum Great Gracious Deity
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Fox Shrine 2/8 of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

A very small, almost abandoned-looking Shrine, and yet is still offers shelter to a pair of little foxies.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #528 on: Sep 02 2019, 12:58 AM »
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Original Name: 竹水大明神
Transcript: Takemizu Inari Daimyoujin
Translation: Bamboo Water Great Gracious Deity
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Fox Shrine 3/8 of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

Another very little Side Shrine sheltering only a single little fox, but at the very least he has a roof over his head.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #529 on: Sep 03 2019, 12:45 AM »
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Original Name: 伊勢春大明神+
Transcript: Iseharu Daimyoujin+
Translation: Ise Spring Great Gracious Deity (and one(?) more)
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Fox Shrine 4/8 of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

As opposed to the last one, this particular Side Shrine doesn't even have a room, but just a trio of Ookami stones. One of them is clearly legible, the second.... not so much, and the third has either completely weathered away, or it was never inscribed in the first place. Also, it looks like one of the two foxes watching over this Shrine is currently away on an errand or something.

By the way, seeing how many little Ise Shrines I've encountered this time around, I guess I'll have to go visit the Ise Grand Shrine in the Mie Prefecture if I ever get to go to Japan again. After all, the only other with this many branch Shrines around was Fushimi Inari, and I definitely was not disappointed by that one.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #530 on: Sep 04 2019, 12:53 AM »
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Original Name: 竹田大明神+
Transcript: Takeda Daimyoujin
Translation: Bamboo Field Great Gracious Deity
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Fox Shrine 5/8 of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

This one is a proper tiny Shrine again, and it even has a proper roof for people to stand under while praying.

Two little foxies attend this Shrine, but one of them... well, it's more like one-and-a-half foxies, really.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #531 on: Sep 05 2019, 12:36 AM »
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Original Name: 竹重神社
Transcript: Takeshige Ookami
Translation: Heavy Bamboo Great Deity
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Fox Shrine 6/8 of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

A little ramshackle Shrine right next to Takeda Daimyoujin, sheltering but a single fox.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #532 on: Sep 06 2019, 01:10 PM »
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Original Name: 薬力大明神
Transcript: Yakuryoku Daimyoujin
Translation: Medicine Strength Great Gracious Deity
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Fox Shrine 7/8 of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

A nice red Side Shrine attended by a pair of foxies. By now, I've actually already seen quite a number of Yakuryoku Shrines. I guess it makes sense to rever the potency of medicine, especialyl in the times of old.

Also, incredulous though this may seem, I have to stand in lien to pray at this Shrine, for as it happens, another worshiper also is around, paying his respects to the spirits of this place. I wonder if he's here on his own Hatsumoude.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #533 on: Sep 07 2019, 01:55 AM »
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Original Name: 竹春大神
Transcript: Takeharu Ookami
Translation: Spring Bamboo Great Deity
Location: 〒606-8311 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Yoshidakaguraokachō, 吉田神楽岡町3−64
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



The Final Fox Shrine of Takenaka Inari Jinja.

Just a sole little foxie attends this tiny Shrine, flanking an offertory bowl. At least she won't be thirsty.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #534 on: Sep 08 2019, 01:43 AM »
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Original Name: 樹下稲荷大明神
Transcript: Juka Inari Daimyoujin
Translation: Below the Tree Inari Great Gracious Deity
Location: 26 Ginkakujichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8402 (35.028354, 135.797368)
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



A Side Shrine of Hachi Jinja (八神社 "Eight Shrine"), and the northernmsot Fox Shrine I should find in Kyoto. I find this one just before proceeding to climb Daimonjiyama to the east.

This is a very red Shrine attended by a pair of foxies. I wish I knew what the characters on the "fence boards" represent. They don't appear to be names of either persons, Shrines or places.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #535 on: Sep 09 2019, 12:16 AM »
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Original Name: 樹下稲荷大明神
Transcript: Kanda Inari Ookami
Translation: Gods' Field Inari Great Goddess
Location: 27-1 Hinookaissaikyōdanichō, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto, 607-8491 (35.005801, 135.795345)
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



Located in front of Hyuuga Daijingu (日向大神宮 "Sunny Place Great Gods Hall"), this little Shrine may or may not be considered a Side Shrine. I count it as its own little Shrine since it is located in front of the gates of the larger Shrine.

I come across this one several hours later, after descending from Daimonjiyama again a few kilometers to the south, and happily find myself welcomed by another pair of foxes.

Chinamini, the straight blue lines drawn "over" the mountains are actually impressive underground channels, that were used to ferry goods between Kyoto and Biwa-ko back in the day.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #536 on: Sep 10 2019, 12:43 AM »
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Original Name: 合槌稲荷大明神
Transcript: Aidsuchi Inari Daimyoujin
Translation: Feedback Inari Great Gravious Deity
Location: 196 Nakanochō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0034 (35.009762, 135.784110)
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



After coming down from Daimonjiyama, I proceed to walking back to my hostel... no, of course not along the direct path. Instead, I am playing Inari-Tarzan, swinging from one Inari Shrine to the next in search of foxes.

This one turns out to be pretty cool. Invited in by a series of red Torii, I dare zig-zagging my way through narrow alleys between houses that I would have never entered otherwise, and eventually arive at a small Shrine in a cramped courtyard between three buildings and a parking lot. Six foxes await me there.

Aidsuchi, by the way, is the name for the Japanese practice of giving frequent "I am still listening attentively" feedback while someone is talking. This takes the form of quiet "un, un", "hai", or "so, so", and could be compared with "I see", "is that so?" or "uh-huh" in English, only westerners don't usually use Aidsuchi so much. In Japanese, this is a very important practice, especially on the phone. If you fail to give frequent "attentiveness feedback" to a Japanese person, they'll soon stop and ask if you're still there.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #537 on: Sep 11 2019, 12:39 AM »
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Original Name: 三谷稲荷社
Transcript: Mitani Inarisha
Translation: Three Valleys Inari Shrine
Location: 57-6 Okazaki Enshōjichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8344
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



A little Inari Shrine located right next to Shiragawa (白川 "White River"). A quartet of little foxies reside within, two of which are more noticable than the smaller pair hiding behind them.

This one is slightly off limits for some reason, so I can take pictures only from the outside, which is still pretty close due to its small overall size.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #538 on: Sep 12 2019, 12:32 AM »
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Original Name: 満足稲荷神社
Transcript: Manzoku Inari Jinja
Translation: Complacency Inari Shrine
Location: 527-1 Higashimonzenchō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8345 (35.010603, 135.778482)
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



A notable Inari Shrine that is just short of big. Many foxes can be found on its grounds, and its store sells a notable amount of vulpine merchandise. If I had not already sent a parcel of this stuff home, I would have packed up on more of it right here right now.

Also, some of the foxes watching over this place are of an unique, thick-headed design, giving them a "brainy" look. Plus this is one of those Shrines where one of the right foxes is visibly male.
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Re: The Travelling Fox in Japan
« Reply #539 on: Sep 13 2019, 04:54 PM »
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Original Name: 満足稲荷神社旧跡
Transcript: Manzoku Inari Jinja Furuato
Translation: Complacency Inari Shrine Historic Remains
Location: 527-1 Higashimonzenchō, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, 606-8345 (35.010603, 135.778482)
Visited on: 3-Jan-2019



A Side Shrine of Manzoku Inari Jinja, or perhaps it would be more correct to call this the original shrine before they purchased the first and second Shrine expansions.

Either way, the fox statues here sure are very old style, and there is one thing I have to point out here that is veryy rare indeed: The vixen is on the right side and the visibly male fox is on the left. Normally (or at least in far more cases that I have observed), it is the other way around.
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