Tuesday, June 09, 2009

A Shrine to Inari, the Shinto Rice God






Inari is the Shinto rice god, and the fox is the god's familiar. Inari is one of the most popular gods in the Shinto pantheon, and Inari shrines number in the tens of thousands. Inari is believed capable of granting success in matters as diverse as business pursuits and school exams. The Irifune Inari Shrine, pictured above, is located in central Niigata City. Its annual summer festival will be held July 8-10 this year. If you're in the area, the shrine is worth a visit.

3 comments:

TJ said...

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