Not One, Not Two but a Thousand Torii Gates! (Kansai, Japan Trip 2012, Day 13)

Torii gates (鳥居), traditional Japanese gates usually found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, mark the transition from the earthly world into the holy spiritual world. At Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), you don’t see just one or two of them, you see thousands of torii gates! One can imagine what a spectacular sight it is and how great they’ll look in photos. These are donations by individuals and companies who would like to thank the Kami (神), gods, for their successes.

Fushimi Inari is a shrine dedicated to Inari, Shinto’s God of Rice. One can spot many statues of foxes in the grounds of the shrine as they are believed to be messengers of Inari.

We spent our time leisurely exploring the shrine and of course happily taking photos. Here are some to share with you.

 

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