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More than one-third of Shinto shrines in Japan are dedicated to Inari - kami of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry, and worldly success. Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, located at the base of a mountain also named Inari, and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines.

Merchants and manufacturers worship Inari for wealth.

vermilion toriiглавные ворота в святилище Фусими Инари, КиотоInari shrine

The entrance to an Inari shrine is usually marked by one or more vermilion torii and a couple statues of kitsune representing a male and a female. These fox statues hold a symbolic item in their mouths or beneath a front paw — most often a jewel and a key, a scroll or a fox cub. Foxes (kitsune), regarded as the messengers are often adorned with red yodarekake (votive bibs).


Fushimi Inari TaishaKitsune holding a key in its mouth, at the main gate of the Fushimi Inari shrineTorii leading to the inner shrine

The Fushimi Inari Taisha has a path lined with thousands of vermilion torii.

torii of the Fushimi Inari Taishatorii of the Fushimi Inari Taishatorii of the Fushimi Inari Taisha

To the top of the mountain are tens of thousands of mounds for private worship.


Wooden fox faces are for your wishes.

make a wish

At the base of a mountain Inari.

toriiу подножия горы ИнариThe Plum-tree Grove

Irina Samonova
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