Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Taikodani Inari Shrine

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Its possible to drive up to Taikodani Inari Shrine in Tsuwano, but its better to walk up through the more than 1,000 torii that make a tunnel that switchbacks up the hillside.

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The shrine is modelled on the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine near Kyoto, the head shrine of all Inari Shrines in Japan.

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It was founded by the local Daimyo Kamei Morisada in 1773 to protect Tsuwano's castle from the NE, the direction of evil. It was a private shrine until the 1870's when the public were first allowed in.

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Most of the shrine is of modern concrete construction, but one of the secondary shrines is still made of wood.

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There are numerous smaller shrines, all dedicated to different Inaris.

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This where we came to the Shunki Taisai Festival earlier this year.

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