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Head shrine of Inari
My friend visited Fushimi Inari Taisha recently. Actually, I have visited there just once in my life.
It is the head shrine of 30,000 Inari shrine in Japan and is located in Kyoto and it has ancient origins, predating the capital’s move to Kyoto in 794. Recently it is getting popular place for tourist on the ground Hollywood movie Memoirs of a Geisha was set there.
Fushimi Inari is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. Foxes are thought to be Inari’s messengers, resulting in many fox statues across the shrine grounds.
Spectacle scenery of “Senbon Torii”
This shrine is famous for parallel rows of gates called Senbon Torii (“thousands of torii gates”), which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.
It goes with Kimono lady, doesn’t it?
After tour, you should have “Inari sushi”!
At Inari shrines we usually bring offerings of deep-fried tofu or Inari-sushi and place them before the fox statues on the shrine grounds.
Inari sushi is a type of rice ball that is very popular in Japanese culture. It is sushi rice stuffed in seasoned “Aburaage” tofu pouches. I believe people from other countries will like it. It is easy to eat.