Category: shrine

Mt. Haguro is the shortest of the sacred Three…

Mt. Haguro is the shortest of the sacred Three Mountains of Dewa. The shrine at the summit is the only one of the three that is accessible during the winter.

Tag yourself I’m Hayaakitsuhime gami, the deit…

Tag yourself I’m Hayaakitsuhime gami, the deity who sits at the verge of tides and swallows one’s sins and impurity.

Naminoe Shrine has been blessing sailors and f…

Naminoe Shrine has been blessing sailors and fisherman for hundreds of years, and is regarded as the most important shrine in Okinawa.

Naminoe Shrine looks out over the ocean and is…

Naminoe Shrine looks out over the ocean and is believed to protect sailors.

Animals and Torii at Fushimi Inari shrine.

Animals and Torii at Fushimi Inari shrine.

Fox statues of different size and style are sc…

Fox statues of different size and style are scattered all over the mountain path of Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Ok, this is just getting ridiculous.

Ok, this is just getting ridiculous.

Some of the tiny shrines have grown thick with…

Some of the tiny shrines have grown thick with moss.

I hope you like Torii because we’re about to e…

I hope you like Torii because we’re about to enter “The Tunnel”

Guardian fox statues often carry scrolls, ball…

Guardian fox statues often carry scrolls, balls, or rice in their mouth. This one at Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari shrine has a key which is rather uncommon.