Jacob Korbin describes his visit to Fushimi-no- Inari shrine in Kyoto while Abigail Straus shares some of the many photos she’s taken during our three weeks in Japan.
One place that we visited that I really liked was Fushimi Inari, a Shinto shrine in Kyoto. Shinto is a religion native to Japan that focuses on worship of spirits that live in everything found in nature known as kami. The shrines serve as a place for the kami to live in addition to functioning as a place to pray to the kami. Fushimi Inari is most famous for its gates known as torii, of which there is said to be approximately ten thousand. In and around Fushimi Inari there are many statues of foxes, called kitsune in Japanese. The foxes are associated with Inari, a Shinto deity of rice, for whom the shrine was built.
And now some interesting photos by Abigail Straus.