Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Sacred Path


This is a row of Torii that line that path towards Itoku Inari Shrine (威徳稲荷神社).

With the cherry blossoms fluttering down through the Torii, it's a very pretty path to walk through. The Shrine at the end of the path is said to have been built in 1928.

But to tell you the truth, I'm always a little scared of the fox that guard all Inari Shrines...I swear they follow me with their eyes!


20 comments:

  1. My camera would love all that RED.

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  2. Very cool perspective. Love the red!

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  3. It's beautiful Kaori! I just love the red.

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  4. I like it all, including Mr. Fox.

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  5. Great perspective and composition on the first photo. Very nice!

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  6. I had a Japanese friend who was afraid of those foxes too. She said that if you pray at an Inari Shrine your wish will be granted but your life will be torn asunder in the process. I wonder...

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  7. The gaze of the fox you captured certainly is intense. I feel like saying, “Nice fox. Nice fox. I’m backing away slowly now. See? I’m a very gentle person. I greatly admire you and have the utmost respect for you, but I have to go now. Slowly. Bye bye. Can she see me anymore? No? Whew.”

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  8. I like the globs of sunlight you caught on the torii in the top photo. Really nice. I don’t think I have ever seen that on this kind of Inari shrine torii gate tunnel photo before.

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  9. Hmmm... I see the watchful eye of the fox. Still it would be too tempting to walk through that path of red Torii.

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  10. This path shrinks life to its real, its important size. Impressive picture indeed. Must feel amazing while walking there. Thank you for sharing. Please have you all a good Friday.


    daily athens

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  11. Wonderful shots. That Torii path is incredible, and to me seems so very Japanese. I'm sure the fox makes sure that people behave!

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  12. beautiful red path and fox :)

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  13. Hi everyone! Thank you for commenting! I'm glad you liked it...temples and shrines are always interesting places to visit here in Japan :-D

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  14. Sorry to be late, a very interesting post with beautiful images. I love your shrines and I am always ashamed to know so little about them! Keep posting on this theme, please...

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  15. LOL, not the most friendly looking fox. But great pics. I would enjoy visiting this place very much.

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  16. oh! the torii is just dramatic kaori. ^0^ love the uber red hue.

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