Photographer's Note

Kyoto - In gratitude for prosperity

A very remarkable sight in Kyoto is the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Thousands of red torii form a winding path of about 4 kilometers over the wooded hills.

The shrine is extremely popular and many visitors with cameras are crowding under and in front of the torii.
But like everywhere most people keep hanging out at the entrance and along the first kilometer.
Those who continue the path find themselves alone in the tunnels of torii in the quiet forest.

In the 8th century this remarbable shrine was dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and sake.
The fox is considered to be the messenger of Inari and bronze foxes can be seen throughout the shrine. Often the fox has a key in its mouth. It’s the key of the rice granary.
See the pictures in the workshop.

At the time the rice harvest was extremely important. Today Inari is regarded as the god who makes success and prosperity in business possible.
The thousands of red torii with black inscriptions are donated by businesses and individuals who are grateful for their prosperity.

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