Fushimi Inari – Peace, Love, Good luck, Money, Health, Friends

What makes a happy life?
If I were to make a wish for a happy life, I would wish for …

Peace, Love,
Good luck, Money
Health, Friends

Written on a piece of orange-reddish wood, is a prayer that someone wrote on this little torii at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan. Fushimi Inari Shrine is a the shrine to worship the god of rice (Inari). Many merchants and manufacturers have traditionally come to this shrine to worship Inari as the patron of business.

The highlight of the shrine is 10,000 Torii gates
Each gate is donated by a company or an organization.

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I trekked the whole mountain and it took 3 hours. I have to admit that even at 2pm on a sunny day, wandering around the mountain by myself is scary.

The highlight of the shrine is the rows of torii gates this is called Senbon torii. The custom to donate a torii started to spread since the Edo period (1603 – 1868) to get a wish to become true or to thank for a wish that became true. Along the main path there are around 10,000 torii gates.

Foxes (kitsune), regarded as the messengers, are often found in Inari shrines.

Located in Fushimi ward of Kyoto, Japan


Fushimi Inari at night on a New Year’s Eve


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