Memories of Japan I: Fushimi Inari, Temple of the Thousand Torii

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Over the years, I've felt like I owe a beautiful set of locations to this Magazine -- memories of my trip to Japan. Since it's better late than never, I've finally decided to get in front of the keyboard , write about the wonderful trip and share it with you. Let's start with Fushimi Inari, the temple of the thousand Torii, located in Kyoto.

Credits: susielomovitz

Fushimi Inari is one of the most spectacular places in Kyoto. It is located in the middle of beautiful natural scenery — at the top of the sacred Mount Inari where an extensive network of vermilion torii gates lead us to the shrine buildings, altars and ceremonial dances.

Credits: susielomovitz

The temple, built circa 1499, is dedicated to the god Inari, the god of wealth, grains and seeds. Usually, this god turns into a fox or uses foxes as messengers, so you can see small stone statues of his animal all around the place. The traditional tables where you can write your prayers are even made of small fox faces where you can draw an expression on. We loved that!

Credits: susielomovitz

But let’s talk about about the most impressive thing on this temple: the thousand doors / torii! These doors are typical in shintoist temples and they can be found in almosT every Japanese temple.

However, these doors have a few peculiarities in them — they are vermillion in color and the fact that they have two characters written on each door post. These characters owe their existence to the fact that to keep the Temple, a donation system is used so each Torii has the name of its donor and the date when the donation was made written in them.

Credits: susielomovitz

Getting lost in the labyrinths the doors make is fascinating. You can literally get lost since you can walk 2.5 km uphill through these holy doors. In the premises, you can find a small artificial lake and a few places where you can drink green tea and be taken by the lovely surroundings.

Credits: susielomovitz

If you are going to Kyoto, a beautiful and historical japanese city, visit the Fushimi Inari, temple of the thousand Torii. It’s such an unique place!

I hope I’ll be able to write down another memory of Japan soon and take you to another breathtaking corner of this fascinating country. To remember a few of the interesting data of this temple I have been helped by this website vagandoenjapon.net.

written by susielomovitz on 2013-05-20 in #world #locations

6 Comments

  1. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    @ladyfromthepast thank you very much for translating ;),

  2. ladyfromthepast
    ladyfromthepast ·

    You are welcome! ¡Menudo viaje más increíble! Gracias a tí por compartirlo.

  3. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    Thanks for liking @diomaxwelle and @seiryu7429.

  4. an_lai_drew
    an_lai_drew ·

    Very nice set of photos! Do you use wide angle lens on them?

  5. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    @an_lai_drew yes! I used wide angle in most of them! Thank you!

  6. af-capture
    af-capture ·

    nice pics

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