Hello! Time for another throwback to November ’16, to that day I went to Fushimi Inari Taisha
for like the 9272836428364th time, no okay, just kidding, more like the third or fourth time, hah with a good friend of mine.
Fushimi Inari Taisha is probably one of Japan’s best-known shrines, attracting millions of visitors each year, especially around New Year’s. It is very famous for the thousands of orange and black torii (鳥居) gates that stretch along the trails leading from the bottom to the top of Mount Inari. These torii gates were actually shown in a scene in the movie Memoirs of a Geisha which many of you have probably seen.
This is the famous scene I’m talking about
(where are the crazy crowds of tourists huhhh I’m sure they must have already existed during that time period) (From GnomoDesu on Youtube.com)
The shrine is partially named after the god it houses
(which is kind of obvious, Simone, so why do you even have to mention that, okay I’m talking to myself, bye) – Inari Okami. Inari is short for “ine ni naru” which can be roughly translated to “harvest of rice.” As such, Inari Okami could be considered the god of rice. This deity can bring many other blessings, however, not just that of good harvest. During the Heian period (which stretched from 794 to 1158 – as I already mentioned in one of my previous exchange posts if I remember correctly),
people prayed for things like good matches in marriage. […] Over the years, people also began to pray for business prosperity, prosperity of industries, safety of households, safety in traffic and improvement in the performing arts, a tradition that continues today (Source).
Wow, that was probably the most informative paragraph I’ve ever written, and half of it is a quote. But anyway, moving on: Continue reading