Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Fabulous Fushimi-Inari

South of Kyoto there's a big shrine from the Inari cult that's dedicated to the god of rice and saki. What the place really seems to be interested in is the construction of a zillion, beautiful red gates. There are a few buildings at the entrance before the gates start and then, the fun begins.

The big teaser gate.

At the entrance, a school procession of marching umbrellas. Sarah, not ready to make the big decision: "Which way?"

There are around 10,000 gates, each replaced every 10 years and sponsored by companies looking to gain success in their business by footing the bill for the offering. The black writing on the gate is for the sponsoring company. Strolling along.

A perfect place for a portrait.

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