Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) is known as the Fox Shrine and renown for the thousands of vermillion torii gates lining the walkways. It is dedicated to Inari, the shinto god of rice. Foxes are Inari’s messengers and that’s why they’re everywhere at Inari.
A ton of posts have been written about this magical place, but I want to share my own take on it.
I should not have worn my red flats. The weather turned foul.
Firstly, I am sorry this post went live before it was finished. Thank you everyone who liked it anyway.
Have you heard of the Japan Alps?
They’re a gorgeous snow-capped mountain chain in western Japan, but one that is not easy to reach.
It was my third meeting with the future Mr. W. We were on a train and my friend, Elle, was traveling with us. Mr. W and I had broken into a discussion about Roman History through my bad Japanese and his not-much-better English. Despite the struggle, we were both engaged when he received a text from his company. While he was distracted, Elle leaned close to my ear and said:
I looked over my shoulder at her in confusion. She was all smiles as she added, “Remember what we talked about? Japanese guys don’t like that. You’re flirting, not giving a history lesson. You’re boring him.”
And then I felt ashamed.
Another year, another Golden Week.
I prefer traveling by car through the Japanese countryside. Free of the hassle of suitcases, you can absorb the roadside vistas of Japan’s imposing mountains and cozy villages.
The Top Ten
Here are my favorite shots for this month. I used either a Sony Alpha 7 with a 35 mm lens or my I-phone 5 to take them. We used no tripod.
They are numbered and titled.