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Fushimi Inari Shrine [Feb. 10th, 2004|11:46 pm]
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Inari is a fox god, and his main shrine is Fushimi, in Kyoto. I don't know much about the fox god, but I heard his favorite food is fried tofu. Fushimi is Hiroko's favorite shrine, and she took us there yesterday. We met in Osaka and rode to Kyoto.


Part of the massive JR Kyoto Station


Took the Nara line two stops


All temples and shrines have a gate - a torii - at the entrance.


This pavillion hold offerings of vegetables, booze, and even a bicycle.
Here you can see eggs forming the Chinese character for "monkey."


The torii go on and on. See Don and Hiroko?


Map of the grounds.


Fushimi Inari is one of Japan's trippiest shrines.


Fox-faced prayers.


At times it degraded into chaos.


It was sort of like Alice's Wonderland.


I think these are gravesites.


It was a long hike to the uppermost shrine.


Last night, I saw torii in my dreams.

Whatever it is I think I see...
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-02-10 07:26 am (UTC)
this is a Shinto shrine you visited?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-02-10 07:40 am (UTC)

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Yeah, Shinto. Buddhist ones are generally referred to as "temples." Neat, huh!
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-02-10 07:42 am (UTC)

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very, i've always bee fascinated with religions of the far east. as always, thank you for your pics, they are quite refreshing from the boring skyline of dallas. =]
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-02-10 07:57 am (UTC)

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Those are some interesting religions! Glad you like the pictures. Where have you been, pooh? Haven't seen you 'round my friends list.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-02-10 08:15 am (UTC)

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i stopped posting entries after the end of 2003.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-02-10 08:35 am (UTC)

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I totally had not realized that! You'll return to entry-postingland, right? I guess I'll survive as long as you keep commenting, and we're still in touch..!
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-02-10 08:37 am (UTC)

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i doubt i'll return, been in a new form of mind with 2004, still going to reply and such, like that's ever going to change. ;)

lost touch..pfft...no way! =D
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-02-10 08:42 am (UTC)

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FashoOO! (sigh of relief) We'd better not lost touch! You're one of my favorite LJ folks EvER!
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-02-10 10:34 am (UTC)

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ditto ms. chu-hi! =D
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-02-10 07:41 am (UTC)

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Of course, I don't mind! Glad you like the photos.
I don't know how long we're here for.. a year at most. Enjoy it while you got it! :^)
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From: a_o_i
2004-02-10 09:15 am (UTC)
Your photos are great...they make me want to go to Japan so badly. But your journal is as close as I'll get to it for now, so thanks for that!
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[User Picture]From: zenmondo
2004-02-10 12:12 pm (UTC)
Until I make the trip myself, I can visit Japan (and the Japan I would want to see!) through your journal. Thank you.

This was an especially great entry!
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[User Picture]From: mr_applesauce
2004-02-12 04:00 pm (UTC)
your pictures (especially of kyoto) always make me happy, remembering my time over there.

My favorite temple/shrine was always Kyomizu-dera because the sunset just couldn't be beat. Fushimi Inari looks like it would give Kyo a run for it's money though. It really does remind me of alice in wonderland.
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