Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto,Travel Photo Mondays
Visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine early morning
Today I’m taking you on a visit to this amazing place In Kyoto, Japan. The temple at Fushimi Inari is very unique in Kyoto, it was created for those worshipping Inari – the god of rice and sake. Also Inari is known as the patron of business and manufacturing and their followers worshipped Inari. The Shrine at the base of the mountain (also called Inari) is lined with over 5,000 red tori gates that lead up the mountain and back downhill. Each red gate is a donation by a business in their name. It’s stunning to see all this from a distance and interesting to walk through.
Along the uphill climb, I happened into a priest with a large white parasol coming down the opposite direction. To good to pass up, I quickly took out my camera, focused and captured a few shots of this wonderful portrait coming down the series of Torii gates. Here’s the shot below, it’s one of my favorite captures by accident. I quietly followed the priest back to one of the lower temples to watch and see if any other moments might happen without my being in his way. – fairly mundane, but I enjoyed the procession of duties and took a few more shots and later continued up the hill to see if I can find a nice vista point of the area.
Unfortunately, the stairs and torii kept continuing uphill and I realized that I was not going to make it all the way to the top because of a train I had to catch soon so I descended in a different direction downhill, discovering some peek a boo views of the green countryside. A few large fox statues were interspersed along the paths and I find out later that they represent the messengers with a key in their mouths to represent the rice granaries.
It’s almost meditative walking in between these torii gates, contemplative and quiet. While enjoying the views my mind seemed to focus internally to my own personal thoughts and concerns and nothing seemed to matter outside of this walk and concentration in the paths and stairs.
Before I exited the temple grounds I noticed this wall filled with thousands of origami paper cranes. I later find out that each strand contains one thousand paper cranes used as good luck gestures at weddings and new infants wishing for 1000 years of happiness and prosperity to the recipients.
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